Windows 365 is Microsoft’s latest product launch. It’s a cloud service for Windows 10 and Windows 11, which puts your operating system in the cloud. Everything from your desktop applications, data and settings will be streamed from the internet to business or personal devices. Much like Office 365, it’s designed to make using Microsoft products a more secure, streamlined and multi-device experience.
Sounds great? You’re not alone. Microsoft has seen enormous demand for the software since it launched on 2 August. There’s been so much interest, Microsoft was forced to bar users from signing up for a free trial.
The free trial launched this week and gave customers two months of access to the three Windows 365 tiers: Basic, Standard and Premium.
However, unprecedented numbers of downloads forced the company to shut it down just two days later. This was because Microsoft ran out of server space to store trial setups.
Scott Manchester from Microsoft explained in a tweet: “We have seen unbelievable response to Windows365 and need to pause our free trial program while we provision additional capacity.”
Suspending the trial so early is a bit of an embarrassment for Microsoft, with some wondering whether it could indicate there will be more trouble ahead for the new software. It’s also reportedly led to some problems for users who had already registered for the trial, who reported long waits to update and set up their cloud subscription.
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There are ways around the shut down. You can sign up to be alerted once the trial reopens, or simply pay for the full release version if you want to get your hands on it right away.
The cheapest option is the Personal tier, priced at £59.99 per year or £5.99 a month, which includes 1TB of storage. The family subscription allows up to six users, with 6TB storage, coming in at slightly more expensive £79.99 annually or £7.99 per month. There’s also several business tiers to choose from, ranging from £3.80 to £15.10 in monthly fees per user.
The cloud service was officially announced by Microsoft in July. Satya Nadella, CEO, said at the time that it would create an entirely new product category, the “Cloud PC”.
He added: “Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organizations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location.”
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