Microsoft is reportedly secretly developing the Cloud PC, a new service that will allow users to access desktop applications from any device.
The Windows 10 Cloud PC is expected to be announced sometime between March and June 2021 and new details about the service have leaked online.
For those unfamiliar, Cloud PC is a new Azure-based service. It will be a "Windows Virtual Desktop" and aims to redefine the "modern workplace" but also to revolutionize the computing environment.
With Cloud PC, you can have your own personal desktop in the cloud, which you can access from anywhere, just like you have in your OneDrive and Google Drive files.
The Cloud PC will be hosted on Microsoft Azure servers and users will be able to access it using the Microsoft Remote Desktop application for Windows, Android and iOS.
For now, you can use this application (Remote Desktop) to view your computer desktop screen on your phone or other devices.
Cloud PC will offer you a virtualized version of Windows 10 in the cloud. This will allow you to stream applications over the Internet.
There will be at least three different configurations for the Cloud PC: Medium (general purpose computer), Heavy (best performance) and Advanced (business customers)
According with a new support document, Cloud PC will use Microsoft Graph technology, which is a tool for multi-person collaboration in real time. Microsoft Graph v1.0 has been updated to include new APIs for the Cloud PC, indicating that the new service could already be ready and tested internally.
"The cloud PC API is previewed and is currently only available to a select group of customers," Microsoft said in the document.
Rumor has it that Cloud PC will allow users to stream Win32 applications over the Internet to their computers with Windows 10X.
This theory seems to make sense because Windows 10X is going to be a lightweight web-based operating system with support for applications through the Windows Store.