Microsoft to make ‘cloud-first’ cloud computing platform available to Windows 10 users
Microsoft has announced plans to make “cloud-First” cloud computing available to users of Windows 10.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the new Windows 10 Creators Update would enable “cloud apps” and “cloud storage” to be deployed directly to Windows devices, and that Microsoft was working on new hardware to make this easier.
“It’s really about delivering cloud services to Windows, and it’s also about providing Windows with the right hardware and software,” Nadell said during a conference call with analysts and journalists.
“It’s all about delivering these new cloud services on Windows 10.”
Microsoft is also offering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to existing users of its existing hardware to support cloud services.
The Anniversary Update will be available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets on October 25, as well as for laptops, desktops, and phones, according to Microsoft.
The Anniversary Update, which will be bundled with Windows 10 for PCs and laptops, will also be available to new devices for $20, and will come with a new version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite.
The update will also enable Windows 10 to launch more apps on Windows devices.
Microsoft is aiming to make its new cloud computing service a “cloud first” offering, rather than an upgrade to a new Microsoft operating system.
In order to do so, it will have to remove some existing features from the existing Windows 10 version, such as the ability to launch cloud apps and storage directly to the device.
Windows 10 is currently available to existing Windows users only through a separate app, but Microsoft is planning to make the upgrade a standard feature of Windows.
Microsoft’s own developer preview of Windows for Business offers this ability, and its latest developer preview for Windows for Mobile offers it as well.
Microsoft has not released a release date for the Windows cloud service yet, but it will be rolling out the new feature over the coming weeks.
Microsoft has already been working on its cloud service for a long time.
The company launched the Azure platform, which is currently used by hundreds of millions of Windows users, in 2012.
Microsoft had previously said it planned to launch a similar service for the desktop in the future, and earlier this year, the company said it was looking into adding a cloud service to Windows.
The Redmond company has also announced plans for the release of a cloud version of its Office suite for Windows.