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Windows 365: Five key difference­s between Windows Home and Pro

Lower prices for existing Windows 10 users? Microsoft’s new enterprise offering presents stark contrasts with the consumer Windows versions.

- BY MARK HACHMAN

Microsoft recently released Windows 365 business pricing, telling us a little more about what Microsoft’s “PC in the cloud” will cost. Right now, this cloudbased version of Windows is an enterprise product, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibilit­y that a version of Windows 365 will eventually land in consumer PCS. But what then? Windows 365’s business plans give us some hints.

If nothing else, any curious Windows user should be looking at Windows 365 for glimpses of where Microsoft is taking the broad Windows platform and Cloud PCS. Microsoft isn’t afraid to migrate its products to and from the cloud for both enterprise and consumer users. Exhibit A: Microsoft 365 (once called Microsoft Office) runs on your PC, the Web, and mobile apps. Exhibit B: Microsoft has already made a “Cloud Xbox” accessible to consumers as part of Xbox cloud gaming.

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