Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Windows, Cloud computing New "Windows 365" Cloud PCs – Testing & Benchmarks
, Its aimed at businesses, so average users cant really go out and get this, and you really wouldnt exactly want to. Well get to that in a minute.. But I did go and test out some of these virtual computers and we can see sort of how they perform. The basic idea for how to use them is youd have your regular computer, it might be a super basic computer and then you can connect and basically Stream, the image of that virtual computer and still control it and stuff. And it might be more powerful or it might just be able to run certain programs that you necessarily wouldnt, be able to on your personal computer. Or in terms of business, its just easier for Them to set up a bunch of virtual PCs than real ones, and then users might be able to connect with their personal PCs or just a very basic company issued PC and then connect to the more powerful virtual one.. Taking a look at the pricing page, they have three plans on here, but these are basically just common example. Plans.. If you actually look at all of them, they range in a wide variety of pricing and capabilities.. For example, the absolute bare minimum you can get is one virtual CPU with two gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage, and that is 24 per month per user.. I dont know about you, but two gigabytes of RAM almost seems like I barely would not even be able to use that I dont think.
. However, it currently does scale all the way up to an option of eight virtual CPUs, 32 gigabytes of RAM 512 gigabytes of storage and that cost 162 per user per month, so thats quite expensive, really. In between theres several different combinations of different computers varying from one Two four or eight CPUs and with two four eight 16 or 32 gigabytes of RAM and 64 128, 256 and 512 gigabytes of storage and different combinations. Thereof. Though there is something called hybrid benefit where, if youre running a computer running Windows 10 Pro already, then you get a slight discount on the cloud PC.. Now. As for those three example, configurations on the main page, Microsoft was actually offering free two month trials. For these three options for just one day and now it says that there was unprecedented demand and they paused the free trials.. However, I was able to yesterday sign up for the basic one and the premium one.. The one important thing to point out is even yesterday, when the free trials were available, you could not even sign up as a regular user.. You had to have a business account basically or access to the Microsoft admin center, which I know you can get. If you have a domain and then you attach a Microsoft account to the domain and set it up that way. Im, not sure if you can even do it without a domain. And its kind of a pain anyway.
Its definitely for businesses, not something very user friendly.. So an average person would not even be able to sign up for one of these trials.. You had to have a special type of account.. Another thing: youll notice is theres two different types of plans, business or enterprise.. They seem to be basically the same price.. However, it looks like enterprise just has whats called Microsoft. Endpoint Manager is the only main difference. I saw. And also unlimited users versus 300 max users for business plan, so it seems, like the enterprise plan, might just have some more options for tying it into bigger systems. I dont know something like that., So Ill walk you through the setup process.. It really didnt actually take that long.. So you go to windows365.com. Thats, where this whole name page is.. I clicked trial and then hit continue, though again remember. It requires the admin center, which I already have. So I probably didnt have to go through a whole bunch of set up here. And it just added the computer to my account and it showed up under product list in the admin center.. And then I was able to assign the virtual computer to a user, which is just myself and then I had access to it at the Windows. 365 dashboard. I guess you will call it at windows365.microsoft.com. For about 30 minutes it wasnt ready.. It said Setting up cloud PC, but then, after that it had the option to click to open in browser.
Or, alternatively, you could access it via a remote, desktop app on any platform: Windows, Mac, iOS or Android., But Ill just use the web browser for now. And In the web interface it has you log in and then you have some basic navigation stuff at the top which lets you, for example, open full screen, do some basic settings for the remote connection and also transfer files., And at that point after you wait for the Computer to boot up, it was just ready to go., So I decided to test it out. And I tried out just the basic PC first, so thats, the one with the two CPUs and four gigabytes of RAM, not much RAM. Definitely not as much as I would like to have on a computer as my main one, but well try it out for the cloud PC. And once youre in there it looks pretty standard. I mean with the web interface maxed out full screen or the remote client Maxed out, it kind of just looks like youre working on a regular Windows. Pc. Theres – really nothing in here. That is any special that you cant do on a regular PC.. So I decided lets kind of go into the specs. Look to see what theyre dealing with.. It looks like its running Intel, Xeon CPUs., Its also running Windows. 10 Enterprise. Also looks like there is no GPU apparently. So, if youre wondering, Can you game on this Well Ill address that and do a video benchmark in a minute.
? The main disk is 128 gigabytes and there is also some kind of virtual disk at 16 gigabytes, which appears to be for transferring files.. So, for example, if you use the transfer files button at the top of the web interface, it goes into this uploaded folder. In this thing, and then you copy it over., So its a little bit different than a VNC program or something. Anyway, looking in the disk manager, it looks like theyre kind of by default, mapped to the C and D drives. So again, just pretty standard. When I was using this one it definitely had a noticeable latency, so it could be pretty distracting.. I wasnt sure if this was because it didnt have a lot of RAM and it was just a slow computer in general.. Certainly, some of it was because it was remote, desktop., So Ill. Take a look at the more powerful one and tell you how that went in a minute. But continuing to just mess around it again is just basically a standard PC.. You can go and install software to it, assuming its set up with admin permission, which I mean I did., And so I installed. Google Chrome had no issues. And yeah its just a regular looking PC here., So I figured Id do some benchmarks and some tests.. Supposedly, these have a 10 gigabit internet connection because they exist in a Microsoft data center somewhere, which obviously have a massive internet connection.
. So I went on Speed Test and it wasnt exactly 10 gigabit. On the downside. It was 656 and on up it was 3142. So obviously, extremely fast, not quite the 10 gigabit. I dont know if it was maybe because theres a lot of people using this trial., They said they had unprecedented demand, maybe not.. I also did a quick disk benchmark with CrystalDiskMark thats software. And on this one, the read speeds sequential was about 210 megabytes per second with 160 megabytes per. Second writing. So really not any particularly fast storage., Im, not sure if theyre using SSDs or hard drives here. Its certainly faster than what you kind of expect from a hard drive, which is usually maybe 100 150 megabytes per second, but definitely slower than even a SATA SSD. So they might just be running hard drives, or at least thats how the performance is of what youre going to get. And as for latency and lag. If you use the remote desktop app on the computer and not the web interface, it will actually show you the connection info and that latency., And it shows that, for this two core four gigabyte PC there is round trip latency of about 100 milliseconds.. So thats probably why it was noticeable and a bit laggy when you click around stuff.. It is definitely a feelable delay.. So now lets move onto the more powerful. This is the premium one which is 60 plus, which is four cores and 16 gigabytes of RAM.
. The first thing I noticed is for some reason it didnt activate Windows in this one. So it gave me that message at the bottom right. I dont, know whats up with that., But anyway, looking at the specs, its also running with Xeon CPUs or virtual cores.. I dont know what the deal is, but its the same type of thing. And this one certainly already right off the bat seems a bit more responsive, probably because it has more RAM, so it can simply load up the stuff Im clicking on faster. And right off. The bat I can tell you that the remote desktop client this time says there is significantly less latency now at just 70 millisecond round trip, which is still kind of a lot.. You wouldnt want to game on this or anything., But its less noticeable than the lower spec PC.. So now lets do another speed test.. I want to see if the speed test last time was just because of the low CPU power or something.. So this time the speed test said 970 down 4’2 up and thats megabits., So certainly a little bit faster.. I dont know if that has anything to do with the power of the computer, or maybe I just lucked out. Doing a disk test on this one. The read speeds are slightly higher., Its 250 megabytes per second read and 150 megabytes per second write, sequential so pretty much similar on writing and a little bit faster on reading.
, So yeah. This is not exactly any fantastic read and write speeds on this computer.. Now you might be wondering. Whats, the video performance. Can you game on these things And the answer is no. Absolutely not. Dont even bother trying.. I did a video test in a second which Ill show you, but these dont even have a GPU. As far as I know, yet., Maybe theyll add them at some point in the future, which would probably increase the price a lot., But youre not going to be able to run really anything on this computer.. To give you some perspective, I ran the heaven benchmark, which is from 2009., And I also put it on the absolute minimum settings possible.. So I turned off all the options, put it on the minimum resolution of just 640 by 360 and as a result, I got a whopping two frames per second.. Yes, two frames per second 2009 benchmark lowest settings not going to be running any games on this. Any time soon. Now I have to imagine that at some point in the future, Microsoft is going to be adding some, maybe GPUs, but more for work. Station type stuff like if youre running a CAD program, something like that not exactly for gaming. Microsoft already has the X Cloud, which is a separate thing for Xbox.. So if you want to do gaming, thats, probably the one to use. And thats going to be for streaming individual games.
– I dont know if they have a virtual PC set up for that, but this is certainly obviously for business and productivity type stuff, not for gaming. Anyway. Now to show it working on different platforms and how its persistent it doesnt actually shut down. When you close it, I opened up a Microsoft Word window which theres no license on it. So it gives me a message., But then I closed out of this and then went on my phone on an iPhone downloaded the remote desktop app from Microsoft on there and then was able to log into it., And you see there. It is as well. Its not as easy to navigate with mouse, obviously, but you can still get in there and get it from anywhere on your phone or any other device like an iPad Mac, smaller PC whatever.. Now you might be wondering. All right. What exactly is the point of this? Because if you need a computer to access it, then whats the point of having this cloud PC? Well, really, its probably for a couple use cases mostly for business., I think for any regular user, its going to be almost useless., But there are potentially in the future if they maybe beef up the computers stuff, like that, some uses for a regular person, such as Being able to run Windows apps if youre, mainly a Mac user., You just load up a virtual Windows PC instead of having to go, buy, one.
Or if you want to be able to work on some stuff on your main computer and then load it onto the Virtual computer and itll be persistent as you continue to work on it when you go to work, something like that. At the moment, though, for now really the only benefit is, I think, going to be for businesses.. So, for example, a lot of times, businesses need to deploy lots and lots of computers to a bunch of different employees., And this way they can mass deploy virtual computers way easier than they might with an actual physical computer, because this actually allows you to do some Stuff such as custom images, so they can load up a specific image with pre installed. Software pre installed settings, or they can add settings and manipulate the settings virtually. And its just going to happen instantly because its all in the cloud. And then so its easier to manage these computers and the security of them and stuff like that. Youre not going to Ever have to worry about the user losing the virtual PC and then worrying about if the data on there just got stolen and stuff like that. And the computer is certainly powerful enough to do some basic word. Processing office applications, productivity, stuff., But again none of that youll really need a GPU for so it kind of makes sense that they wouldnt even add that on there. Another benefit for businesses. Is it apparently allows you to remotely install software instantly, whereas, depending on how the computer and system is set up at a company, they might have to send an IT guy down to install the program and log in with the admin, credentials.
Im sure theres some way To do some of that remotely, but this just makes it way more easier to do it to maybe everyone at once. And another thing is the companies now can have the main virtual CPU that theyre going to be working on the employees and then they could issue Some basic super cheap laptops that are only powerful enough to really access the cloud, and then the company doesnt have to worry about the users banging them around or breaking them or losing them, whereas if they lost a really good powerful computer, then theyd have to replace It and that would be a more costly expense., And this has the benefit of the actual computer being always up to date and being able to update stuff on it quicker., But for a regular user like you or me, I think this is extremely pointless for one Main reason, which is theyre not cheap., Theyre pretty expensive for what youre getting. I mean 24 a month for what I would consider an unusable PC, two gigabytes of RAM one core. I would not want to use that on anything. And on that one, its hilarious, because it recommends using the web versions of office apps, not even regular apps., So its like youre, connecting to a cloud PC to use web versions of apps. Its like. What is the point of that? So if a regular person was going to sign up for one of these theyd, probably go for one of the more affordable options which is going to be an extremely basic computer, not GPU or anything? And then theyre still going to have to have a computer that will allow them to access that.
, So theyre still going to have to go out and buy a basic computer, thats, probably going to be just as powerful as the one theyre paying for in the cloud. And at that point they can pretty much get a lot of the functionality from just using a cloud syncing service like DropBox or OneDrive or something., Not exactly any point to using it for a regular user., Still its important to remember. This is the first generation of this.. They just launched it for a very specific purpose, so dont necessarily say. Oh, this is stupid because its not really made for regular users. – And – I believe, Microsoft has said – theres the possibility of this kind of service being rolled out for general users, but I dont think they have any specific plans that theyve announced for that any time.. So let me know what you think down in the comments.. Maybe I didnt think of a use that you personally would imagine would be awesome as a personal user, for if they do eventually roll it out.. Also, if you enjoyed this video, be sure to give the thumbs up. And be sure to subscribe, because I try to make a couple videos a week. If you guys want to keep watching the next video Id recommend, is talking about how you might be using your Computer monitor wrong. Its probably not what you think so Ill put that link right there.. I think youll be interested in that.