Microsoft Begins Adding Cloud PC Option

Microsoft has been constantly working to bring changes and improvements to Windows 11 and the next generation of Windows, i.e. Windows 12, at the same time.

Recently, the Redmond giant released the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25324 to the Canary Channel, which includes new features like the evolved Widgets Board, the dedicated USB4 page, unsafe password copy and paste warnings, and SHA-3 Support.

Now, Albacore, a Twitter user and Windows detective, on Thursday tweeted that Microsoft is looking to bring another improvement to Windows by adding an option to switch to a Cloud PC.

For those unaware, Cloud PC is a highly available, optimized, and scalable virtual machine providing end users with a rich Windows desktop experience. It uses Microsoft Azure to host virtual machines in the cloud, and it is part of the Windows 365 service. It is accessible from anywhere on any device.

You will get to select from two options to access your Cloud PC. The first option is ‘Desktop’ where the Cloud PC opens as a desktop (full screen) in Task View. The second option is ‘App Window’ where the Cloud PC opens through the app from the Start menu or taskbar.

Additionally, an option to connect ports and accessories to a Cloud PC is also provided, which removes the need to have a dedicated app.

The latest Dev build 23419 allows these options via the new “settingshandlers_cloudpc” DLL file, which was spotted by Xeno on Twitter.

With Microsoft looking to bring in the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) to the next-gen Windows 11 and Windows 12, the integration of Cloud PC options seems interesting.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that OpenAI’s ChatGPT is now available in Azure OpenAI service for preview.

“Now with ChatGPT in preview in Azure OpenAI Service, developers can integrate custom AI-powered experiences directly into their own applications, including enhancing existing bots to handle unexpected questions, recapping call center conversations to enable faster customer support resolutions, creating new ad copy with personalized offers, automating claims processing, and more,” the company said in a statement.

“Cognitive services can be combined with Azure OpenAI to create compelling use cases for enterprises. For example, see how Azure OpenAI and Azure Cognitive Search can be combined to use conversational language for knowledge base retrieval on enterprise data.”

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Kavita Iyer
Kavita Iyer
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