We have not heard much about Windows as a Service, or Windows Cloud as some colloquially labeled it, although some still believe that Microsoft is silently working on this innovative operating system.

The idea is as plausible as it can be — the cloud powered Office 365 is a successful specimen.

For this reason, it is not as much a stretch to imagine Redmond to be evaluating the scope for an operating platform built along these lines. However, last we heard from this front was that this version of Windows could be called Windows 365.

Branding, people, branding!

Anyway, some new information has surfaced on this, in a job posting from Microsoft, actually, where the company made a brief reference to Windows as a Service.

But nothing else has been revealed, other than the name, in case you got excited.


Microsoft OneCore is also referenced in this job listing for a senior program manager, which means that the company is serious about exploring these avenues. They probably will be limited to enterprise and business customers but a consumer release cannot be ruled out.

In any case, Windows as a Service, as interesting an idea as it is, is still a few leagues away.

And even if it launches in the future, execution will be the absolute key for Microsoft. Done right, it may entice enterprise customers to go this on-demand licensing route for their operating systems, depending on their employee headcount.

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  • JohnnyB

    No matter what anyone says, I still think this is where it’s headed at this point. The cloud based OS is clearly going to be the future once the security and cost are strengthened.

  • Rodney Longoria

    I once thought the same thing, @disqus_j7akY0FfDZ:disqus. The issue is, would you have to access it a browser like Office 365 is now, thereby dealing with browser security in part; or instead launch the service via an app with its walled garden used for security purposes?

    Also, you’d have to have some kind of machine use just to access the service one way or another. A dumb terminal, perhaps?

  • Ray C

    Well, there rumors of a cloud-based Windows coming down the pike in the next version or two, so we will see