Blink and you could have missed it given how little attention it received (outside of ChannelPro, of course), but Microsoft made an announcement with potentially industry-shaking implications this September when it unveiled a new VDI offering named Windows Virtual Desktop. Hosted in the Microsoft Azure public cloud, it’s “the only service to enable a multi-user Windows 10 experience, including compatibility with Microsoft Store and existing Windows line-of-business apps while delivering cost advantages previously only possible with server-based virtualization,” according to a Microsoft blog post.
Many experts believe it’s just a matter of time before Windows Virtual Desktop does for Microsoft Windows what Office 365 did for Microsoft Office—render the old, locally-installed-only version all but obsolete while creating a gigantic new sales opportunity for channel pros. Count Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO of Nerdio, a cloud IT management firm, among them.
“The demand and adoption for virtual desktops will gain tremendous momentum as Microsoft begins to offer full virtual desktops in Azure,” he predicts in emailed commentary, “and the preferred ways in which we approach deployment of virtual desktops [will] differ as deploying desktops from hosted environments in data centers won’t be considered ideal, nor will offering commodity virtual desktops.”
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