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Windows 365 Unveiled, a Cloud PC Platform That Lets You Use the OS From Any Device

Windows 365 has debuted to offer an all-new way to access a full-fledged Windows operating system from anywhere — using a desktop, laptop, or even a mobile device. Microsoft announced the debut of Windows 365 at its partner-focussed virtual conference Inspire 2021 on Wednesday. The new offering brings the concept of a cloud PC to…

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Windows 365 Unveiled, a Cloud PC Platform That Lets You Use the OS From Any Device

Windows 365 has debuted to offer an all-new way to access a full-fledged Windows operating system from anywhere — using a desktop, laptop, or even a mobile device. Microsoft announced the debut of Windows 365 at its partner-focussed virtual conference Inspire 2021 on Wednesday. The new offering brings the concept of a cloud PC to reality and comes as Microsoft’s latest product for the remote working environment that became so common with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Windows 365 is designed to offer a complete computing experience through a native app or Web browser on any device that has an active Internet connection.Windows 365 availabilityMicrosoft said that Windows 365 would be generally available to organisations of all sizes starting August 2. It will be accessible through any device including a Mac, iPad, Linux, and even an Android phone. There will be two cloud PC configurations — Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. Pricing details are yet to be announced, though.Windows 365 featuresWith Windows 365, Microsoft aims to offer an experience that looks, feels, and has the security of a traditional Windows PC but can be accessed through a native app or a Web browser. It allows users to access full Windows 10 (or Windows 11, once it will be available) directly from an app or using the Web browser. Users will also get access to their apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud that they would want on their PC.Thanks to the Microsoft Cloud integration, you will be able to access Windows 365 while switching between multiple devices and irrespective of the device, you will get the same experience. Since the service will run on the cloud, it will not result in any performance differences even when you move from a top-end device to a more basic one.Windows 365 will let you run apps on the cloudPhoto Credit: Microsoft Although Microsoft already offers Azure Virtual Desktop to offer Windows through the cloud to enterprise customers, Windows 365 is aimed to provide virtualisation that does not require dedicated IT support. However, if a company has IT admins, Microsoft said that they could manage and deploy cloud PCs based on Windows 365 using the same tools that they use to manage physical PCs.“Windows 365 is really going to make a huge difference for organisations that wanted to try virtualisation for various reasons but could not — maybe it was too costly, too complex or they didn’t have the expertise in house to do it,” said Wangui McKlevey, General Manager of Microsoft 365.Microsoft mentioned that Windows 365 will support business apps, namely Microsoft 365, Dynamic 365, and Power Platform, among others. Microsoft Endpoint Manager will also be able to work with Windows 365 to let IT teams manage cloud PCs provided in their organisations and apply management and security policies remotely from their devices.IT teams will be able to manage Windows 365-based cloud PCs through Microsoft Endpoint Manager Photo Credit: Microsoft Windows 365 also comes with the Endpoint Analytics dashboard to offer analytics and give access to look at the Internet connection health across the network. Further, there is a new Watchdog Service to let IT teams run diagnostics.In addition to offering remote access, Windows 365 is touted to be designed to address some of today’s security challenges using a Zero Trust architecture. The service comes with multi-factor authentication (MFA) to verify login or access attempts to the cloud PC using an integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory. There are also options to delegate specific permissions such as licensing, device management, and cloud PC management using specific rules. Further, you can use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for an enhanced security.Microsoft also claimed that all managed disks running Windows 365-based cloud PCs are encrypted, all stored data is encrypted at rest, and all network traffic to and from the PCs is also encrypted.The development of Windows 365 kicked off before the pandemic, with some references suggesting initial work started back in 2014. However, the coronavirus outbreak has helped Microsoft test the cloud-based service at a larger scale than it would have done earlier. The company also set the pitch for its new service by replacing Microsoft Office 365 with Microsoft 365 last year.

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Apple’s Rumoured MacBook Pro Models Could Receive Higher Resolution Screens, macOS Beta Leak Suggests

The latest beta build of Apple’s macOS Monterey has recently provided clues about the resolution of the company’s rumoured 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.According to The Verge, the seventh beta of the upcoming operating system contains references to ‘3456 x 2234 Retina’ and ‘3024 x 1964 Retina’, which are two resolutions not supported in any…

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Apple’s Rumoured MacBook Pro Models Could Receive Higher Resolution Screens, macOS Beta Leak Suggests

The latest beta build of Apple’s macOS Monterey has recently provided clues about the resolution of the company’s rumoured 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.According to The Verge, the seventh beta of the upcoming operating system contains references to ‘3456 x 2234 Retina’ and ‘3024 x 1964 Retina’, which are two resolutions not supported in any of Apple’s current Macs.This theorises that the two new resolutions correspond to Apple’s much-rumoured 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which are widely expected to launch this year with new designs and a new Arm-based Apple processor called the M1X.For reference, the current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the current 13-inch MacBook Pro’s display sits at 2560 x 1600. If the new resolutions are accurate, both laptops should see an increase in pixel density as well as screen resolution.Along with the improved screen resolutions, both laptops are rumoured to feature a revived magnetic MagSafe laptop charger and the return of useful ports like an SD card slot and HDMI.As per The Verge, the widely disliked OLED Touch Bar is also reportedly on the way out. The new laptops are expected to be announced at an Apple event this year, although an exact date is yet to be made public.This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss iPhone 13, new iPad and iPad mini, and Apple Watch Series 7 — and what they mean to the Indian market. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Intel Breaks Ground on $20-Billion Arizona Plants as US Chip Factory Race Heats Up

Intel on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.The $20 billion plants — dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 — will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will…

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Intel Breaks Ground on $20-Billion Arizona Plants as US Chip Factory Race Heats Up

Intel on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.The $20 billion plants — dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 — will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will house Intel’s most advanced chipmaking technology and play a central role in the Santa Clara, California-based company’s effort to regain its lead in making the smallest, fastest chips by 2025, after having fallen behind rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.The new Arizona plants will also be the first Intel has built from the ground up with space reserved for outside customers. Intel has long made its own chips, but its turnaround plan calls for taking on work for outsiders such as Qualcomm, Amazon.com’s cloud unit, as well as deepening its manufacturing relationship with the US military.”We want to have more resilience to the supply chain,” Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger, who earlier in the week attended a White House meeting on the global chip shortage, told Reuters in an interview. “As the only company on US soil that can do the most advanced lithography processes in the world, we are going to step up in a big way.”Gelsinger said it was too early to say how much of the new plants’ capacity would be reserved for outside customers. He said the plants would produce “thousands” of wafers per week.Wafers are the silicon discs on which chips are made, and each can hold hundreds or even thousands of chips.Intel rival TSMC has also purchased land to build its first US campus in Phoenix, not far from Intel’s location, where TSMC plans up to six chip factories , Reuters previously reported.Gelsinger said Intel plans to announce another US campus site before the end of the year that will eventually hold eight chip factories.© Thomson Reuters 2021This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss the Surface Pro 8, Go 3, Duo 2, and Laptop Studio — as Microsoft sets a vision for Windows 11 hardware. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Razer Kaira X Gaming Headset Launched With Xbox, PlayStation Variants

Razer Kaira X wired gaming headset has been launched for PlayStation and Xbox gamers. The new addition to Razer’s gaming headset range comes equipped with TriForce 50mm drivers and HyperClear Cardioid Mic for maximum audio performance. Razer Kaira X has onboard controls, a padded headband, and Flowknit memory foam ear cushions that the company claims…

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Razer Kaira X Gaming Headset Launched With Xbox, PlayStation Variants

Razer Kaira X wired gaming headset has been launched for PlayStation and Xbox gamers. The new addition to Razer’s gaming headset range comes equipped with TriForce 50mm drivers and HyperClear Cardioid Mic for maximum audio performance. Razer Kaira X has onboard controls, a padded headband, and Flowknit memory foam ear cushions that the company claims offer additional comfort. Razer Kaira X for PlayStation is available only in Black and White colour option while the Xbox variant can be purchased in five different colours.Razer Kaira X price, availabilityRazer Kaira X headset is priced at $59.99 (roughly Rs. 4,400) in the United States. It is now available for purchase in the US via Razer’s official website and authorised resellers. Razer said that it is providing up to two years of warranty and tech support for the headset. The company adds that customers purchasing directly from its online store will be eligible to get 14 days of risk-free returns.The gaming headset’s Xbox variant comes in five colours — Black, Blue, Green, Red, and White. Razer Kaira X PlayStation version is available only in Black with White colours. There’s no word on the headset’s India availability as of yet.Razer Kaira X specifications, featuresRazer Kaira X headset uses the brand’s Triforce 50mm drivers and features oval-shaped ear cushions. The Kaira X comes with a frequency response range of 20Hz–20,000Hz and an impedance of 32 Ohms. It works with Windows Sonic spatial sound technology. Noise cancelling feature is not available in the new gaming headset. Also, the battery life of Razer Kaira X is not revealed by the company.Razer says the new gaming headset is compatible with PlayStation, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. The headset’s cable is 1.3 metres in length and comes with a 3.5mm jack. The frequency response of the microphone is 100Hz–10,000Hz. The headset weighs 283 grams.PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which is the best “next-gen” console in India? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Nithya P Nair is a journalist with more than five years of experience in digital journalism. She specialises in business and technology beats. A foodie at heart, Nithya loves exploring new places (read cuisines) and sneaking in Malayalam movie dialogues to spice up conversations.
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