Microsoft Working on Cloud ‘Windows 365’, Based on Subscription Model

By: Radu Tyrsina
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It’s not the first time we’re hearing about Microsoft working on a cloud-based Windows version, but it’s the first time when we’re seeing a name – Windows 365, thanks to a Chinese leaker.
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As you can see for yourself in this screenshot from the right, which has been leaked by well known Microsoft-leaker Faikee on a couple of forums, Microsoft is indeed working a cloud version of Windows and it’s going to be called Windows 365. By the looks of the screenshot, we can see that it looks to be an internal mail. We also see that Windows 8.1 Update 2 is there, as well, which means Microsoft is working on it and we could see it by the end of the year. Windows 365 is said to be alpha based on Windows Core, and Window 9, as well as the server and mobile edition have also been confirmed. Besides this, we can see that touch Windows 8 Office apps, which we’ve seen briefly on stage at Build 2014 event, are also on the leaked information. So, everything seems to be pretty legit.

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The “365” moniker clearly hints that the upcoming cloud Windows version will be based on a subscription system, probably similar to the one available in the cloud productivity suite for Office products. And we know how much Nadella loves the mobile and the cloud, so it’s no wonder that Microsoft is getting ready to unveiling this product. Most likely, the subscription model would allow the installation of Windows on multiple devices, with a yearly or monthly fee. And we’re curious to see whether it will be Windows 8 as we know it, or a slightly modified version. Here’s what Nadella said back when Microsoft officially launched Office for iPad.

It definitely is that cloud that is not connected to devices is just latent potential because how does the cloud interact with the real world? It is through by being able to get to devices. It could be a sensor, it could be a mobile device, it could be a tablet, it could be a big screen in a conference room or a living room. And likewise, a device which is not connected to the cloud just cannot complete the scenarios

There’s no indication as to when we could see Windows 365 getting announced, but my personal bet is on Build 2015.

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