The Windows 365 Cloud PC is here to welcome you

It’s great to see Windows 365 Cloud PC finally come. For years, every person in tech industry is talking about Microsoft’s Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). (Yes, I am well-versed on Windows 11, which I believe is nothing more than a big Windows 10 security patch.) Contrary to popular belief, Windows 11 was never the future of Windows.) 

As far as Microsoft is concerned, the desktop of the future will be Windows operating on its Azure cloud. 

When I say “Windows on the Azure cloud,” I really mean “on the cloud.” Your computer must run some sort of operating system, but Microsoft is unconcerned about which one you use. “Windows 365 brings the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the complete Windows experience — including all your apps, data, and preferences — to your personal or business devices,” said Wangui McKelvey, Microsoft 365’s General Manager. 

This strategy gives rise to a brand-new personal computer category, the Cloud PC, designed particularly for the hybrid environment.” 

You’ll be able to stream all of your personalized apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud to any device, according to Microsoft. And by any, we mean Macs, iPads, Linux PCs, and Android phones and tablets. 

You’ll get the same Windows experience regardless of what you’re using. “You can pick up just where you left off since the status of your Cloud PC stays the same, even when you move devices,” it also indicates. 

What about internal applications? While Microsoft cannot guarantee that you will be able to run a bespoke programme you created in the 1990s, Windows 365 does support all of Microsoft’s business applications, including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, and line-of-business apps. 

In addition, the firm pledges to keep its promise of app compatibility with Microsoft’s Fastrack App Assure programme. This is a free service aimed to assist businesses with 150 or more users in resolving any app issues. 

Microsoft has also collaborated with its third-party software vendors (ISVs). Nerdio, NetApp, ServiceNow, and UKG are the four major companies focusing on Windows 365. 

Microsoft isn’t inventing anything new. Microsoft has been heading to a Windows DaaS for years, as I’ve been pointing out ad nauseam. Windows 365, in particular, is based on Azure Virtual Desktop. Microsoft sets up Windows 365 for you, unlike the Azure Virtual Desktop, which requires an expert to set up properly. 

You have complete control over how to scale your Windows 365 instances and monitor the performance of your Cloud PCs, and you don’t need to be an Azure Solutions Architect Expert to create and manage them. 

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Workaround for the Classic Start Menu in Windows 11 is now available

The ability to utilize the old Start menu has been removed from Microsoft’s newest version of Windows 11. 

By changing key settings in Microsoft’s current preview release of Windows 11, the option to utilize the old Start menu—or at least the one accessible in Windows 10—was eliminated.  

One of the most noticeable design changes in Windows 11 is the new Start menu. The new Start menu is in the middle of the taskbar by default, unlike its predecessors, which were in the bottom left corner of the screen. (Though it may be relocated to its original place.) 

According to TechRadar, Windows 11 previously enabled testers to revert to the old Start menu by changing the Windows Registry, which stores low-level operating system settings, making it easier to transition to the new user interface that came with Windows 11. 

With the release of Windows 11 build 22000.65 on July 8, that option was deleted. The change was not mentioned in the blog post introducing the release; instead, it was highlighted that the Start menu now has a new search box “to make it simpler to discover what you’re looking for.” 

Because this is a test version of Windows 11, the ability to restore the current generation Start menu may reappear in future versions. It’s difficult to say how the operating system will evolve between now and its release later this year. 

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For free users, Google is limiting Meet’s formerly limitless group video chats to an hour

According to support pages found by 9to5Google, Google has ended its practically “unlimited” group video chats in Meet for free Gmail users. Users with free Meet accounts will now have their group calls limited to one hour instead of the prior 24-hour meeting time. 

Because of COVID-19, many typically in-person functions migrated online. Google’s unlimited group meeting offer proved useful. You could leave your video call on throughout long family gatherings because you didn’t have to worry about it cutting out or generating new meeting ties. 

Meet was made available to non-enterprise customers in April of last year in order to compete with Zoom, and Google claimed at the time that limitless meetings would be available until September 30th, 2020. 

Later, the firm extended the window until March 20, 2021, and then again until June 30, 2021. Longer group calls will now cost more — like a presently $7.99 per month membership to Google’s Workspace Individual tier ($9.99 per month after January 2022) — as the second epidemic summer approaches. 

Zoom’s one-on-one conversations are limitless and free, much like Google’s, but group calls are handled differently. During holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve, Zoom has occasionally exceeded its 40-minute meeting limit. 

In the early days of the epidemic, non-business users adopted Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, which began out as corporate communications tools. It’ll be fascinating to see which services people remain with now that some of the freebies are gone. 

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Microsoft Teams phones will soon be able to function like an old-school walkie-talkie

The extension of the push-to-talk walkie talkie feature in Microsoft Teams to more devices should make staying in touch with coworkers in the field a lot easier for firstline employees. 

The functionality will be accessible worldwide on Microsoft Teams phones in September 2021, according to a new article on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. 

Users with compatible Microsoft Teams phones will be able to use their smartphone as a walkie talkie that works over both a cellular and wireless connection once the capability is available. Users will be able to talk to their team by pressing and holding a button and listening by releasing the button. 


The functionality was first made available for Android devices in January 2020, when Microsoft highlighted in a blog post how Teams’ walkie talkie feature might help staff carry fewer devices on a daily basis while also giving greater security over analogue devices. 

Microsoft claimed at the time that “this feature, integrated directly into Teams, decreases the number of devices employees must carry while also lowering IT expenses.” 

“Unlike analogue equipment connected to insecure networks, consumers no longer have to worry about crosstalk or external eavesdropping.” This feature may be used across geographic areas because Walkie Talkie works through Wi-Fi or cellular data.” 

Teams Walkie Talkie accessories 

While the walkie talkie feature of Microsoft Teams will work with most Android smartphones and tablets, it may work better with a rugged smartphone because many of these devices have customizable buttons. 

In a blog post, Samsung revealed how Teams’ walkie talkie feature can be mapped to the programmable button on the Galaxy XCover Pro or even its new Galaxy XCover 5, allowing workers to use push-to-talk (PTT) capability without having to open their smartphone. 

The Jabra BlueParrot and Klein Valor Speaker have both been verified to operate with Teams Walkie Talkie, according to Microsoft. Firstline employees may enhance Teams’ walkie talkie functionality by attaching either a wired or wireless headset. 

When the functionality is available in September 2021, you’ll need to launch the Teams app on your smartphone and search for the Walkie Talkie symbol in the menu bar to get started. If it isn’t there, don’t panic; you can find it by tapping on More choices. 

Microsoft has a variety of Teams phones available, with Lenovo, Yealink, and Poly among the manufacturers that have signed on as partners. 

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Google reveals its ambitions for a single desktop file sharing software called Drive

Google announced plans to migrate customers of its consumer file syncing desktop service, Backup and Sync, to a new unified software dubbed Drive for desktop, which would be available to both consumers and businesses.  

Google aims to begin onboarding customers on July 19th, 2021, and advises users who utilised Backup and Sync to convert by the end of September to avoid being locked out on October 1st. 

Users of Backup and Sync will have to switch to the new programme (which is a rebranded version of Google’s enterprise file syncing software), but Google claims that business clients who already use Drive File Stream (aka Drive for desktop) should be OK. 

The objective of combining the applications, according to Google, is to create “a robust and unified sync client” that combines the best features of both consumer and corporate services, making it easier to use and administer for IT professionals. It’s also a reversal of Google’s perplexing move in 2017 to divide Google Drive on desktop into two applications. 

Anyone who has used Google’s prior services should be familiar with the desktop Drive client, according to Google’s blog post detailing it. Drive will provide you quick access to cloud-based files and images, and it will sync your files in the background so they’re always up to date. 

The software, according to Google, can sync external storage devices like as flash drives to Drive, mirror data between Drive and local files on your desktop computer, and allow you to select whether to keep individual images and movies in Drive or Google Photos. 

On Monday, July 19th, Google will begin migrating Backup and Sync users. Google has provided the following user transition timeline: 

Cloud backup and Sync will provide a guided path to help customers move to Drive for desktop on July 19th, 2021. 

On August 18th, 2021, customers who are still using Backup and Sync will begin to get in-app alerts encouraging them to upgrade to Drive for desktop. 

After October 1st, 2021, any users who are still using Backup and Sync will be unable to login in. Users will need to switch to Drive for desktop to continue syncing with Drive and/or Google Photos. 

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