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Microsoft is preparing a fully cloud-based Windows

Windows in the cloud will be enjoyed equally on any hardware
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Two years ago, Microsoft introduced the Windows 365 cloud service, which allows corporate users to run a Windows 10 virtual computer in the cloud. Now the company is preparing the same convenience for the mass consumer.

Microsoft first announced such intentions last year, outlining the further development of Windows 365 as a “full Windows operating system from the cloud on any device.” The concept was made public in a hearing before the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and includes an overall strategy for the development of the OS division and its relationship with other parts of the company’s business.

Moving Windows to the cloud is defined as Microsoft’s long-term goal in the consumer segment, notes The Verge. With powerful clouds and artificial intelligence, the company plans to completely change the way people interact with the operating system. Windows will start from any device and anywhere there is internet.

Until now, Windows 365 was only available to business customers, but Microsoft has now integrated the service deep into Windows 11. A future update will include the Windows 365 Boot feature, which will allow Windows 11 devices to log directly into the cloud OS instead of the local operating system.

And thanks to the Windows 365 Switch feature, users will be able to instantly switch between the two platforms – cloud and on-premises – using Task View (virtual desktops).

The idea of ​​fully moving Windows to the cloud is also interesting from the point of view of equally using its capabilities on any hardware other than the classic x86 architecture. Microsoft has already made a special version of its OS for the ARM-based Surface Pro X devices. Recently, it was rumored that the company is developing its own processors with this architecture to speed up the work of artificial intelligence.

In other documents, Microsoft mentions the need to “strengthen the commercial value of Windows in response to the Chromebook threat.” This testifies to the company’s intention to increase its share in cloud computing, where the main operating system used is Windows 365.

Microsoft recently announced Windows Copilot – an AI-based assistant for Windows 11. Integrated into the operating system, Copilot can work with content in apps, make recommendations or automate tasks. Microsoft is currently testing the feature internally and promises to release it in June to beta testers and then to all Windows 11 users.

Copilot is part of a broader ambition by Microsoft to bring artificial intelligence to Windows. The company is also working with AMD and Intel to bring more AI features to the next generation of processors.

Intel and Microsoft even hinted at Windows 12. Windows CEO Panos Panai said at CES earlier this year that “AI will change the way you interact with Windows.”

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