Microsoft has (accidentally) released one price option for its cloud service, indicating how much companies would be required to pay to have the full-featured virtual Windows experience on their computers. Although pricing information for Windows 365 was not included in the company’s formal announcement earlier this week, a screenshot showed the pricing of at least one setup. A device-agnostic product from the Redmond-based firm, Windows 365, was created to allow customers to access the Microsoft Windows operating system through an app or web browser. Several different SKUs will be offered, allowing customers to pick from a variety of different combinations.
According to The Verge, Microsoft disclosed the cost of one of the Windows 365 subscription choices at an Inspire session held following the new operating system’s launch. The business displayed a screenshot that indicated a monthly subscription of $31 (approximately Rs. 2,300) for a setup that includes two CPUs, four gigabytes of RAM, and one hundred and eighty gigabytes of storage. Microsoft has announced that it will be included in the Windows 365 Business option, which is intended for organizations with fewer than 300 employees.
According to The Verge, a Microsoft official verified that the accidentally exposed pricing was for only one Windows 365 SKU. “When the device becomes publicly available on August 2nd, Microsoft will have many more options to discuss, both in terms of configurations and pricing points,” the spokesman stated.
Microsoft will also provide a single-processor version with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which may not be the cheapest option available at the time of release. Also yet to be announced is the cost for Windows 365 in India, and it’s conceivable that the firm may adopt regional pricing that is even cheaper to account for disparities in purchasing power across different regions.
Amazon and Citrix both provide virtual workplace solutions that are similar to Microsoft’s. For $35 (Rs. 2,600), Amazon offers a virtual Windows PC with two CPUs, four GB of RAM, and 50 GB of storage, whereas Citrix offers its Workspace Premium for $18 (Rs. 1,300) per month, with prices varying based on the number of users and length of the contract. By offering an all-inclusive per-user price model, Microsoft hopes to differentiate its Windows 365 from the competition and position it as a simpler and more easy-to-use solution.
In addition to the price, Microsoft has made the Windows 365 configurations offered to start August 2 available to the general public.
IT administrators will have the ability to resize the configuration depending on the Azure license that a company has purchased. Users will also be able to do self-service upgrades straight from the Windows 365 administration interface.