Microsoft continues its ascent to the cloud and after the announcement of Windows 11, the news of the release of the same operating system on the online platform as Windows 365 is coming. The novelty certainly follows the plans of the Redmond company that has recently heavily invested in the migration to the so-called Software as a Service (SaaS) services. Microsoft, in fact, holds about 17% of the global cloud services market and in 2020 alone it recorded an annual increase of 34% compared to its major competitors. Azure, now known as Microsoft 365, is driving the digital transformation of businesses by moving entire infrastructures to services available online, and the last step is to migrate operating systems as well.
Why Windows 365 in the cloud?
After the news of the release of Windows 11 in November, the question that arises is why create an operating system available exclusively online. In reality, with this tool, Microsoft meets the specific needs of professional customers by not thinking of Windows 365 as a typical system of traditional customers. With Windows Online you will be able to run an operating system complete with all programs but on any device . There will be no need for extremely powerful hardware and no need to periodically update company computers.
Windows 365 will be like a sort of virtual desktop in which the operating system will run thanks to the Microsoft Cloud . The underlying technology is the one already available on Azure to virtualize operating systems and known as Azure Virtual Desktop.
What are the benefits
Windows 365 was designed for any type of business, be it large or small. In fact, the virtualization of the device allows easier operation and a reduction in the degree of complexity in management. In fact, thanks to the integration in Microsoft 365 it will be possible to fully rely on the platform and reduce the IT staff. It might sound like bad news, but it actually benefits small businesses that aren't big enough to afford an entire IT department. Furthermore, there is no need for specialists in virtual machines and containerization since access to the OS is guaranteed from the Azure portal.
In short, an overall simplification that “hypothetically” guarantees a reduction in the possible waste in terms of licenses (much will then depend on the subscription costs). In fact, with the subscription of Microsoft 365 it will be possible to pay a fee based on the actual use of the services, having a personalized payment for each customer.
The new challenges of the cloud
With each change, there are also many challenges that go hand in hand with the benefits. In fact, while it is true that the advantages of an operating system could be many, there is a focal point that will need to be addressed: access via the Internet. This raises two questions: on the one hand, the need to have a truly stable connection which therefore does not affect overall operations; on the other hand, however, the risks of an exposure on the net for the daily use of an operating system .
In fact, not all companies can quickly adapt to this approach, especially if up to now a defensive approach has been taken, closing where possible towards the outside world. With the new perspective of the cloud, it will be more difficult to understand where to protect yourself as there is no longer an inside and an outside of the company. Each component of the system can be unsafe and therefore requires the highest safety standards . We move towards the logic of the Zero Trust, as we had already faced in the past, where access is guaranteed only by restrictive security controls.
Certainly Windows 365 stands as an avant-garde operating system in the panorama of offers of the moment, trying to drive the race towards the cloud. It will be necessary to see on the one hand how customers will welcome this new piece of Microsoft 365 and on the other hand what will be the real benefit for users.