Windows 365 cancels free trials due to ‘significant demand’

Windows 365 cancels free trials due to ‘significant demand’
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Windows 365 launched earlier this week, yet Microsoft has already had to cancel free trials for its new PC cloud streaming service due to ‘significant demand’.

The subscription-based service allows customers to rent a PC and then stream Windows 10 or 11 onto their device through a web browser.

However, within a day of going live for signups, the service reached max capacity.

“Following significant demand, we have reached capacity for Windows 365 trials,” read a statement from the Microsoft 365 Twitter account. “We have seen unbelievable response to Windows 365 and need to pause our free trial program while we provision additional capacity,” explained Scott Manchester, director of Windows 365 program management.

While only available to businesses at the moment, there has still clearly been more demand than anticipated by Microsoft. The service launched on Monday, with per-user pricing that starts at $20 (£14.50) per month for one vCPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and 12GB of bandwidth if you already have a Windows 10 license.

There are a variety of configurations for Windows 365, including one at the top end that includes eight vCPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage for $158 (£113) per month.

All of the different price options are available through the Microsoft website, but you’ll now only be able to register interest in a free trial as Microsoft has hit capacity so quickly.

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