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The Windows desktop is dying

Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023 by TheBlackzone

That’s the title of this article on Computerworld, giving some interesting insight on Microsoft’s plans to bring desktop computing to the cloud and strip businesses of the classical PC desktop.

While I wouldn’t go so far to predict an early death of Windows as a desktop operating system, the article makes clear what we are heading for. At least in the business world.

In my job as system administrator I can witness first hand how Microsoft is aggressively moving services to the cloud. They are targeting every aspect of business computing (because, that’s where the money is) and providing a Windows desktop as a cloud service is just another piece in their grand picture.

Whether that’s good or bad? You decide for yourself… I could tell some stories.

Funnily, “Desktop as a service”, or DaaS for short, has been around for a very long time. I remember using Triton Technologies “CoSession” back in the days of the venerable DOS and Citrix Metaframe later on in the good old days of Windows NT.

Yet again it’s Microsoft that tries to sell you old wine in new bottles 😀

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