2015 *has* to be the year Microsoft lets partners sell Windows desktops as a service... right?

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article which essentially asked what was left to do in the desktop virtualization industry and what the priorities should be for 2015.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article which essentially asked what was left to do in the desktop virtualization industry and what the priorities should be for 2015. I actually had a hard time writing that article, because... well, we've just made so much progress as an industry. I don't really have any burning desires... except one: Microsoft has got to start selling and/or let partners start selling Windows desktops as a service.

It's been a year since Gabe wrote his article, What if Microsoft fixed VDA and added SPLA for Windows 8?. Since then, to our great surprise, Microsoft did actually fix the VDA thing. (Now companies can pay for Windows desktops on a per-user instead of per-device basis.)

Can you believe it's been three years since I quit the MVP program because I was angry about them not letting customers buy what they want? (I didn't actually expect that Microsoft would change their policy because of me, rather I just didn't want to be paraded around as a Microsoft lover since they were being jerks about their licensing.) Anyway that was in 2012, and now in 2015 we still don't have the ability to buy the Windows client as a service.

I've actually heard rumors that Microsoft was going to make this change probably half a dozen times since 2012. People would email me with supposed "inside" news that Microsoft was about to do it. (One time it was even a current Microsoft employee who said it was a done deal.) But of course all those dates have come and gone.

To be clear, I'm not claiming any inside information about Microsoft's plans for 2015, rather, I'm just saying this change has to happen? Right?? I agree with Paul Stansel who  what that Microsoft needs to end the SPLA nonsense, and that "will be the Year of DaaS in truth when that happens."

So here's to hoping that Microsoft finally lifts this restriction in 2015, and that customers will actually be able to buy windows in the way they want. I absolutely agree that at his point, it's Microsoft themselves who can decide whether this can actually be the Year of Daas.

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"except one"

I guess you've totally given up on your even longer term wish of Microsoft creating their own full-featured solution, that totally doesn't require the extra cost of a third-party: www.brianmadden.com/.../point-counterpoint-how-microsoft-s-bear-paw-will-affect-citrix.aspx

Actually it might be that these two unfulfilled wishes are tied together: so long as Microsoft doesn't care enough to create their own complete solution, they also don't care enough to change licensing.



I'm not holding my breath.

Right now, I think the only thing that could spur Microsoft into implementing its own DaaS would be if Amazon put some serious effort into beefing up WorkSpaces and it becomes a gateway to more widespread cloud adoption.