Microsoft has provided a way to use Windows 10 on the Cloud using Azure. So, what is this buzz about cloud desktop?
A Cloud Desktop provides almost the same functionalities as the traditional desktops, but unlike traditional desktops, the operating system, files, applications, settings, and other data required to run the PC are stored on Cloud rather than PC’s hard disk. (Sounds like a Chromebook)
With Cloud Desktop, you can run your PC anywhere and anytime provided high-speed internet connectivity. This would make remote working easy and may increase your work efficiency.
Windows Virtual Desktop
Last year, on September 30, 2019, Microsoft announced that Windows Virtual Desktop, the cloud-based service, is available to everyone.
The Windows Virtual Desktop provides simplified management, multi-session Windows experience, support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Service, an optimized Office 365 ProPlus, and more.
Using Windows Virtual Desktop, a user can virtualize its Windows environment on Azure very conveniently.
The best use of this feature is for Windows 7 users. Since the support for Windows 7 was over from January 2020, the users who could not immediately switch to Windows 10 can continue using Windows 7 with free Extended Security Updates (ESU) till January 2023 using Windows Virtual Desktop.
What is an Azure environment?
What is Azure? At its core, Azure is a public cloud computing platform that provides solutions including an Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service that can be used for services such as analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking, and much more.
ESU are available for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise. Windows 7 Home is not support.
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates include security updates for critical and important issues as defined by Microsoft Security Response Center for a maximum of three years after January 14, 2020. After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7 and you have not purchased Extended Security Updates, the computer will no longer receive security updates.
Internet Explorer 11 will receive security updates as necessary through Windows 7 ESU. There will not be an ESU offering or an extension of support for Office 2010.
How much is Windows 7 extended security updates?
Extended updates for Windows 7 Enterprise, used in most big businesses, is approximately $25 per machine, and the cost doubles to $50 per device in 2021 and again to $100 in 2022. It’s even worse for Windows 7 Pro users, used in smaller firms, which starts at $50 per machine and jumps to $100 in 2021 and $200 in 2022.
In summary, the ‘Windows 10 on the Cloud’ is a solution for companies that have not been able to migrate to Windows 10. The normal Windows 7 home or Pro user should really just consider updating to Windows 10, it is simple and provide good route for regaining support for your computer’s operating system.
So, this was all about Windows 10 Cloud download and Windows cloud-based Virtual Desktop. Since the future of computing would be mostly cloud-based, it is a welcome move of Microsoft to provide Windows users the cloud experience.
However, this is just a starting; Microsoft will have to cover a long path to provide a more optimized and worthy environment to attract more further users.
George Cox is the owner of Computer Diagnostics and Repair. He can be reached at 346-4217.