Microsoft unveils new transformational Windows 365 for hybrid work

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 – Microsoft has announced a new cloud service that will provide a full personalised PC experience for users of Windows 10 or Windows 11.

To be made accessible to businesses of all sizes beginning Aug 2, this year, Windows 365 introduces a new category called Cloud PC, taking the familiar Windows operating system to the Microsoft Cloud and streaming it to personal or corporate devices.

In announcing this, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella says the new system builds on the power of the Windows operating system and the strength of the cloud, providing instant-on boot with access to all applications and settings, allowing users to safely log in and pick up exactly where they left off.

Secure by design and built with the principles of Zero Trust, it will secure and store information in the cloud, and not on the device, providing a secure, productive experience for workers from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers, he said.

“With Windows 365, we’re creating a new hybrid personal computing category called Cloud PC, which uses both the power of the cloud and the capabilities of the device to provide a full, personalised Windows experience, Satya said.

“Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organisations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location,” he added.

Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365, meanwhile, said hybrid work has fundamentally changed the role of technology in organisations today.

“With workforces more disparate than ever before, organisations need a new way to deliver a great productivity experience with increased versatility, simplicity and security. Cloud PC is an exciting, new category of hybrid personal computing that turns any device into a personalised, productive, and secure digital workspace,” Jared said.

Versatile, simple and secure, the transformational system helps employers solve challenges they’ve faced long before the pandemic began. Workers can expect greater flexibility and more options to work from different locations.

Edited by Suraya Abdullah