According to Barron’s, Microsoft has been secretly developing a service called Cloud PC for at least a year. The new cloud service will be based on Azure and“could be the next killer platform,” as Jefferies analyst Brent Thill had described in a report. The new service would allow users to bring their Windows PC experience to the cloud. The cloud servers’ main suppliers including Taiwan-based Foxconn, Wiwynn, and Inventec are likely to be the beneficiaries.
As remote work becomes the new norm under the prevailing Covid-19, more and more small and medium-sized enterprises are finding ways to support the new working style. According to ZDNet, the service will be built on top of Azure virtual desktop delivering Desktop-as-a-Service. The tech giant plans to make the service managed through the Microsoft-365-powered experience, charged on a per-user basis. The launch of Cloud PC will likely take place at the company’s Microsoft Inspire partner event, scheduled for July 14 and 15.
Foxconn had entered Microsoft’s cloud server supply chain in 2020 and has since expanded shipments. Inventec has partnered with Microsoft to build a 5G empowered smart factory. Both Taiwanese companies have been shortlisted on the top 100 smart manufacturer patents along with TSMC, by the leading IP platform, PatSnap.