Let Parallels Boot Camp stand out. Can run Windows on an iPad, on a Mac, and even on an iPhone just by opening Safari thanks to Windows 365, a Microsoft cloud service that was launched last summer and that allows you to have a virtual PC accessible from wherever you want with a subscription that starts at 28.20 euros per month.
Cloud computing in all its glory
Although this service is focused on companies, it is to be expected, given the interest of the Redmond company in the cloud, that sooner or later it will end up reaching end users. Thanks to this service, the execution part of Windows runs server-side in the Microsoft cloudwhile the browsers of the different devices act as a client.
Our recent Work Trends Index found that 73% of workers want flexible remote work options to remain, but at the same time, 67% say they also want more in-person collaboration, post-pandemic. This creates the paradox of hybrid work, leaving organizations around the world grappling with how to connect in a hybrid world and provide workers with access to organizational resources at home, in the office and on the go. intermediates.
Just as we’ve embraced the cloud for other products, our vision for a Windows 365 PC in the cloud is to offer a new way to experience Windows through the power of the cloud, while solving traditional and new challenges for organizations. This new paradigm is not limited to allowing and securing remote access. User experience is more important than ever to attract and retain talent, improve productivity and ensure safety.
Microsoft servers take care of everything, you just need a good internet connection
The concept is exactly the same as what we see in the various cloud gaming platforms that are already out there today. While powerful servers take care of moving the entire operating system, the only requirement to run Windows on any device is have a good internet connection.
This approach has some advantages such as immediate start-up or ability to run complex apps on any devicein addition to having all our apps anywhere. It is true that it will be necessary to see, for the smaller screens, how some issues are solved with the interface, but the idea is undoubtedly interesting.
Although it is true that it already seems that we should be saying goodbye to Bootcamp or Parallels, the truth is that Microsoft’s bet still has a way to go. In the same field of connectivity we are still far, especially in certain areas, from having a connection of sufficient quality available. And Microsoft still has work to do to optimize the installation of Windows 11 ARM on a Mac running Apple Silicon.
With this approach, Microsoft is taking a totally opposite path to the one we are seeing Apple take, which is committed to more powerful processors and to running more and more services locally, such as Siri on iPhones, for example. There are several arguments in favor of local computing, starting with privacy, which is increasingly fundamental, or the cost of cloud services in the long term. There are also arguments in favor of moving cloud computing, certainly, we will see how the landscape evolves.