Windows 11’s Potential Subscription-Based Cloud Future Revealed by FTC

With so many cloud-enabled services allowing you to stream music, movies, and even games from just about any device (or browser), why can’t we do the same for operating systems? Microsoft has already dabbled into this foray with Windows 365, its cloud-based Windows virtual machine offering aimed at businesses.

With Windows 365, each user is given their own custom Windows virtual machine hosted in the Windows 365 service. Since it’s a cloud-based service, each Windows virtual machine can be accessed using a web browser or an app on Windows and Mac devices. Even more flexibility is afforded with support for iOS/iPadOS and Android devices. 

So, what if Microsoft extended the capabilities it currently bills to businesses on a per-user, per-month basis to general consumers? That is precisely what the Redmond, Washington-based company is envisioning, according to internal documents [PDF] made public thanks to the FTC vs. Microsoft hearing currently taking place. While the court case revolves around the FTC’s attempt to block Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, ancillary details about the company’s business units have also come to light.

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As first reported by The Verge, an internal Microsoft presentation entitled “Modern Life Strategies and Priorities” talks about the company’s ambition to “empower people to make the most of their time.” Microsoft also talks about its goal to serve in excess of 1.5 billion people daily across its software platforms. 

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