Microsoft (inadvertently) revealed a pricing option for its cloud services, indicating how much businesses need to pay to get a mature virtual Windows experience. Earlier this week, Windows 365 price details were not included in its official announcement, but a screenshot showed the pricing of at least one configuration. Windows 365 is a device-independent product provided by Redmond, which aims to allow users to access the Windows operating system through applications or even using a web browser. It will be available in multiple SKUs, providing users with a list of configurations to choose from.
The Verge reported that Microsoft revealed the pricing of one of the Windows 365 subscription options during the Inspire conference after the announcement. The company showed a screenshot that mentioned that the monthly subscription fee for a configuration that includes two CPUs, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage space is US$31 (approximately Rs 2,300). It will be part of the Windows 365 Business Edition option and is suitable for businesses with fewer than 300 users.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the unintentionally disclosed pricing only applies to one Windows 365 SKU. The spokesperson said: “Microsoft will provide more options in terms of configuration and price points when it is officially listed on August 2.”
The disclosed pricing options may not be the lowest, because Microsoft will also have a single CPU version with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. The Indian pricing of Windows 365 has not yet been announced, and the company may implement potentially lower regional pricing to address differences in purchasing power.
Amazon and Citrix also have similar virtual workspace options. Amazon sells a virtual Windows PC with two CPUs, 4GB RAM, and 50GB of storage space for $35 (Rs 2,600), while Citrix sells its Workspace Premium for $18 (Rs 1,300) per month, the latter price Varies depending on the number of users and contract duration. Unlike its competitors, Microsoft hopes to build its Windows 365 into a simpler and easier-to-use solution by providing all-inclusive, per-user pricing.
In addition to pricing, Microsoft also publicly detailed the Windows 365 configuration that will be available on August 2.
|Virtual machine/operating system disk size||Example scenario||Recommended Applications|
|1vCPU / 2GB / 64GB||Frontline employees, call centers, education/training/CRM visits||Office light (web-based), Microsoft Edge, OneDrive, lightweight business applications (such as call center applications-web applications), Defender support|
|2vCPU / 4GB / 256GB 2vCPU / 4GB / 128GB 2vCPU / 4GB / 64GB||M&A, short-term and seasonal, customer service, bring your own computer, work from home||Microsoft 365 apps, Microsoft Teams (audio only), Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, line of business apps, Defender support|
|2vCPU / 8GB / 256GB 2vCPU / 8GB / 128GB||Bring your own computer, work from home, market researchers, government, consultants||Microsoft 365 apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, line of business apps, Defender support|
|4vCPU / 16GB / 512GB 4vCPU / 16GB / 256GB 4vCPU / 16GB / 128GB||Finance, government, consultants, healthcare services, bring your own computer, work from home||Microsoft 365 apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, PowerBi, Dynamics 365, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, line of business apps, Defender support|
|8vCPU / 32GB / 512GB 8vCPU / 32GB / 256GB 8vCPU / 32GB / 128GB||Software developers, engineers, content creators, design and engineering workstations||Microsoft 365 applications, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Access, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, PowerBi, Visual Studio Code, line of business applications, Defender support|
IT administrators will be able to adjust the size of the configuration, depending on the Azure license that the enterprise will have. Users will also get self-service upgrade options directly from the Windows 365 portal.
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