Microsoft to move Windows to the cloud

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Microsoft starts providing an AI tool for Office, which has the potential to generate $10 billion per year by 2026
Microsoft starts providing an AI tool for Office, which has the potential to generate $10 billion per year by 2026

The importance of investing in custom silicon partnerships in one of the slides has also been emphasised by Microsoft in addition to the cloud migration

With a long-term vision of moving Windows entirely to the cloud, Microsoft plans to allow users to access a full-fledged operating system that can be “streamed” from the cloud to any device. For its commercial customers, the company is already making progress in this direction, and it intends to do the same for regular users as well.

Disclosed as part of the ongoing FTC vs. Microsoft trial, this was revealed in an internal Microsoft presentation from June 2022. To increase the popularity of Windows, the presentation also stated that the company wants to introduce “new OS innovations”.

A service that allows users to stream the full version of Windows to devices, Windows 365, is currently being offered by Microsoft. This service is currently available only for enterprise customers, but Microsoft has been integrating its features directly into Windows 11. Windows 365 Boot, a feature that will give users the option to boot into a cloud-based Windows instance instead of the local one, will be included as an update in the future.

The importance of investing in custom silicon partnerships in one of the slides has also been emphasised by Microsoft in addition to the cloud migration. For servers and possibly even Surface devices, Microsoft is reportedly exploring the possibility of designing its own ARM-based processors. After switching to ARM with the M1 Silicon, Apple, which has already done so for its Macs, has seen significant improvements in performance and battery life.

On the commercial side, Microsoft’s long-term opportunities include increasing the adoption of cloud PCs with Windows 365. Another slide mentioned the need to “strengthen Windows commercial value and counter Chromebook threat.”

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