Microsoft pauses free Windows 365 cloud PC trials after ‘significant demand’

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Microsoft just launched its new cloud PC Windows 365 service, and free trials have already been paused owing to high demand. With Windows 365, you can rent a cloud PC with a selection of CPU, RAM, and storage options, and then use a web browser to stream Windows 10 or Windows 11 to it. After only one day of signups, the service had hit its maximum capacity.

“We have hit capacity for Windows 365 trials due to high demand,” reads a statement from the Microsoft 365 Twitter account. “We’ve had an outpouring of interest in Windows 365, and we’ve had to put our free trial program on hold until we add capacity,” says Scott Manchester, director of Windows 365 program management.

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Right now, Windows 365 is only offered to companies, and Microsoft has run into capacity challenges after just a day of free trials, indicating that demand has outpaced expectations. If you already have a Windows 10 license, per-user pricing starts at $20 per month for one vCPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and 12GB of bandwidth.

Windows 365 comes in a variety of configurations, including one that costs $158 per month and has eight vCPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. All of the other pricing options are available at Windows365.com, but due to Microsoft’s capacity, you’ll now need to register for a free trial.

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