Windows 8 DaaS? I Think Not.
An advertisement from MyCloudIT claiming to offer a Windows 8 DaaS caught my eye this morning. Interesting stuff. Well, maybe not. Poke a little deeper, and MyCloudIT clarifies that what you are getting is not Windows 8.1, but a “Windows 8.1 Experience.” That is to say, not Windows 8.1, and not even a desktop OS. As with many DaaS providers today, MyCloudIT is offering either a shared RDS desktop or a dedicated remote desktop on a Windows 2012 R2 server in Azure. And well, yes, I suppose Windows Server 2012 R2 does look a lot like Windows 8, but to what end.
MyCloudIT was quick to respond to my question about whether its customers were using this Windows 8.1 Experience service. They are. However, the company has so far not responded to a followup inquiry asking if the user interface choice has influenced any customers.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.