Windows 365 is the latest launch from Microsoft. It is a cloud service for Windows 10 and Windows 11 that brings your operating system to the cloud. Everything from your desktop applications, data, and settings is streamed from the Internet to work or personal devices. Similar to Office 365, it’s designed to make using Microsoft products a safer, more streamlined, cross-device experience.
Sounds good? You’re not alone. Microsoft has seen tremendous demand for the software since it was launched on August 2nd. The interest was so great that Microsoft was forced to prohibit users from signing up for a free trial.
The free trial started this week and gave customers access to the three Windows 365 levels for two months: Basic, Standard and Premium.
However, an unprecedented number of downloads forced the company to close just two days later. This was because Microsoft ran out of server space to store test setups.
Microsoft’s Scott Manchester said in a tweet, “We have seen an incredible response to Windows365 and we need to pause our free trial while we add extra capacity.”
The early suspension of the trial is a little embarrassing for Microsoft, and some are wondering if it could indicate that the new software will cause even more problems. It has also reportedly caused some issues for users who had already signed up for the trial and reported long waits for their cloud subscription to be updated and set up.
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There are ways around the shutdown. You can sign up to be notified when the trial reopens, or just pay for the full 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 per month, which includes 1TB of storage. The family subscription allows up to six users with 6TB of storage and costs £ 79.99 per year or £ 7.99 per month. There are also multiple 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 a completely new product category would be created, the “cloud PC”.
He added: “Just as SaaS brought applications to the cloud, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, giving companies more flexibility and a more secure way to make their employees more productive and connected, regardless of location. ”