Still in an approach to support hybrid work, Microsoft is strengthening its Windows 365 PC cloud offer by taking into account the way in which employees will go back and forth between the different terminals, at home or at the office, including an offline mode. line. The firm launched Windows 365 in July 2021, giving businesses the option of using a PC in the cloud, rather than a physical device at their desk. Among the differences between Windows 365 and Windows 11 is the ability for a business to “upgrade” its cloud PC by spending more to add additional virtual hardware.

“We envision a future where Windows increasingly leverages the capabilities of the hardware, the device it’s running on, and the cloud,” said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president of modern work at Microsoft, at Microsoft. a briefing ahead of Microsoft’s Future of Hybrid Work event. Mr. Spataro also said that he believes that in the future Windows will increasingly see what makes a user’s experience unique – namely settings, content and even applications – being placed in the cloud and used on any device. In fact, three additional features represent Microsoft’s first steps down this path.

Windows 365 Switch will make going from a cloud PC to a local PC as easy as going from one virtual office to another. (Credit: Microsoft)

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Additionally, Windows 365 Boot will allow Windows 365 users to boot directly into the cloud – in other words, there will be no PC to boot. Once the boot cycle is complete, you will simply be working in the PC’s cloud interface. People starting on a local PC will have two options to go back and forth between it and the cloud. First, the Redmond company indicates that it will be possible to switch from one virtual office to another, but that one of these offices will be your cloud PC. Microsoft calls it Windows 365 Switch. The Microsoft 365 app in the taskbar will also switch between cloud and local version of Windows.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of this point,” said Jared Spataro. “In other words, you can go from what’s happening on your local device to what’s happening on your cloud PC.” Finally, Microsoft will introduce Windows 365 Offline, which, as the name suggests, will allow users to work in Windows 365, but offline. When the connection is reestablished, the offline and online versions of Windows 365 will sync. Microsoft did not specify how the “cloud PC” will be stored on the client PC. “This will be an important part of how we help people transition to the cloud over time,” Spataro said.