Microsoft is set to release a new app that will allow you to stream Windows directly on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. This means you’ll no longer need a physical Windows PC to run Windows applications or access Windows-only files and programs. (via. AppleInsider)
The aptly named “Windows App” is currently in beta testing, but it has already garnered immense anticipation. This innovative app essentially streams a virtual Windows desktop to your Apple device, empowering you to utilize all your favorite Windows applications without any compatibility hurdles.
The Windows App represents a significant evolution of Microsoft’s existing Remote Desktop app, which has been available for Mac users for some time. However, the new app boasts substantial improvements, including seamless compatibility with iPad and iPhone, enhanced performance, and robust security measures.
To utilize the Windows App, you’ll require an iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 device, or a Mac running macOS 12 Monterey or later. Additionally, a Microsoft 365 subscription is essential, providing access to the full version of Windows 10 or Windows 11.
Once you’re set up, simply launch the Windows App and establish a connection to your virtual Windows desktop. From there, you can execute any Windows application as effortlessly as you would on a physical PC. Moreover, you can leverage your Apple device’s keyboard, mouse, or trackpad to control the Windows desktop with ease.
The Windows App serves as a compelling alternative to macOS Boot Camp in several ways, it eliminates the complex setup process involved with Boot Camp, making it significantly more accessible to users of all technical levels. It’s also flexible unlike Boot Camp, which requires rebooting your Mac to switch between macOS and Windows, the Windows App allows you to seamlessly run Windows alongside macOS without restarting your device. macOS Boot Camp is no longer supported on Apple silicon Macs due to the architectural differences between Apple’s ARM-based processors and Intel’s x86-64 processors.
The Windows App beta is exclusively available to enterprise customers with Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 subscriptions, and to business users with Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscriptions. Personal Microsoft accounts are not currently eligible for beta testing.
The Windows App represents a welcomed addition for Apple users who rely on Windows applications or need to access Windows-only files. It also serves as an excellent option for anyone seeking to experience Windows without the hassle of purchasing a dedicated PC.