The app essentially takes the previous Windows 365 application and turns it into a central hub for streaming a copy of Windows from a remote computer, Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Microsoft Dev Boxes and §Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.
across the Windows applicationMicrosoft supports multiple displays, custom screen resolutions, scaling, and device redirection for peripheral devices such as webcams, storage devices, and printers. The preview version of the Windows app is not yet available for the Android platform.
The Windows app is currently limited to Microsoft business accounts, but there are indications that it will be available to consumers in the near future. The in-app sign-in invitation says that you can access the app even with a personal Microsoft account, but this feature is not yet active.
Microsoft has had similar apps for connecting to remote computers for decades, most notably the Remote Connection app included with Windows. However, “Windows App” is an unusual name and could indicate Microsoft’s broader ambitions to move Windows entirely to the cloud.
Microsoft moved to create a new web-focused team for Windows after former Surface and Windows boss Panos Panai left for Amazon in September. The new group called “Windows and Web Experiences” appears to be focused on creating AI-driven web services for Windows. We’ve already seen a number of online features emerge in Windows 11, with the search environment dynamically updating from the web, widget system, and even Copilot integration.
During the FTC’s hearing against Microsoft, we learned that Microsoft wants to move Windows entirely to the cloud on the consumer side, something it’s already offering businesses with Windows 365. Windows App could pave the way for consumers to access cloud computing and Windows apps on offline devices Microsoft operating system.
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