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Microsoft’s Cloud PC plan for Apple Silicon and iOS


As Apple’s major Mac event looms, more information concerning Microsoft’s cunning plan to let Apple devices run Windows leaks…, and it looks as if it’s all in the cloud.

Microsoft Cloud PC

As has been previously reported, Microsoft is developing a virtualized windows experience called Cloud PC. This turns whatever system you are using into a thin client that can access remote Windows desktops and software, including Microsoft Office.

We’re told this is a cloud-based Windows experience that will apparently be provided as part of Microsoft 365. Fresh information from regular Microsoft leaker ‘WalkingCat’ claims the company will sell Cloud PC in Medium, Heavy and Advanced versions.

(On the basis of those names, I can’t help but wonder if there will be a free Light tier for those who only occasionally need such access?)

According to the leak, the offering will consist of virtual CPUs equipped with variable amounts of SSD storage and RAM. The different tiers will be aimed at slightly different markets, with configurations that deliver the performance you need for data processing or high-bandwidth applications, and for regular work.

Remote Desktop Plus

As you’d expect, you’ll need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop to access the service, which is available for Macs, iPhones, iPads, Android and, of course, Windows — including Windows running on ARM processors.

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