Microsoft Cloud PC details leaked before its 2021 release

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  • Reportedly, Microsoft might be releasing Cloud PC, an Azure-based virtualization service, somewhen during Spring 2021.
  • While there are a lot of unknowns regarding Microsoft Cloud PC, a series of additional details have recently leaked in the online space.
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Microsoft Cloud PC

Earlier this year, it has come to light that Microsoft is working on a virtualization service called Cloud PC. Reportedly, the new project could be based on Azure and see the light of day somewhere during 2021’s spring.

However, courtesy of WalkingCat, some additional details concerning the project have recently leaked in the online space, expanding our current knowledge of the project.

What is Microsoft Cloud PC?

There are still a lot of unknowns regarding Microsoft Cloud PC, but from what we understand, it’s an Azure-based virtualization service that aims to provide users with Microsoft 365 apps access.

In July, a job listing dated June 5 for a Microsoft Cloud PC program manager has been spotted. The job description was vaguely formulated and didn’t offer a lot to chew on, at least at first sight, as you can see below:

Microsoft Cloud PC is a strategic, new offering that is built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop to delivering Desktop as a Service. At its core, Cloud PC provides business customers a modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience and will allow organizations to stay current in a more simplistic and scalable manner.

It’s safe to say that Microsoft’s upcoming virtualization service will be a convenient way for end-users to access work resources remotely and from any appropriate device.

Microsoft Cloud PC additional details leaked

Although it’s been a few months since we’ve heard anything about Cloud PC, we’ve recently come across some additional details that helped us better understand Microsoft’s strategy.

Apparently, the upcoming service has a codename: Project Deschutes, and can already be accessed at cloudpc.microsoft.com or deschutes.microsoft.com. However, you’ll need a work or school account in order to use it, as personal Microsoft accounts won’t do the trick.

Furthermore, users who successfully set up their Cloud PC can subsequently access it via Microsoft Remote Desktop.

This aspect is highly convenient, considering that the Remote Desktop app is available on various platforms, including Windows (32-bit, 64-bit, and ARM64), Mac, Android, and iOS.

Last, but not least, Microsoft Cloud PC will be available to users in three different configurations. Namely:

  • Medium configuration (general purpose, cost/flexibility-optimized)
    • 2 vCPU
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 96 GB SSD
  • Heavy configuration (advanced, performance/speed-optimized)
    • 2 vCPU
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 96 GB SSD
  • Advanced configuration (accelerated graphics, data processing/scalability-optimized)
    • 3 vCPU
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 40 GB SSD

Are you excited about Microsoft’s upcoming virtualization service, Cloud PC? Tell us what you think in the comments section below: