Ever since Microsoft CEO changed the company has promoted its software as a Service. Initially in the form of Office 365, a subscription suite of Office Office applications and later as a package with Windows called Microsoft 365.
Microsoft 365 is available for business, educational, and business customers only. Both services have in common that they are subscription.
Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) is the next logical step in further expanding the company's choice to offer everything "as a service". In particular, it is an option for its customers to use Microsoft 365 with devices rented by Microsoft or its affiliates.
Microsoft calls it a service Microsoft Managed Desktop Rental. Combines in one package, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, and Desktop as a cloud service.
He mentions about it yesterday article, Vassilis Karagounis of Greek origin, CEO of Microsoft: “Our goal with MMD is to provide a great user experience while keeping devices safe and up to date. MMD relies on the power of Microsoft 365, a consistent, lightweight architecture that continues to evolve to enable our customers to take full advantage of our intelligent security capabilities to protect them from emerging threats. ”
Microsoft refers to devices that are rented as modern, but does not disclose their specifications. It seems possible that customers can choose between different configurations of these devices, based on their requirements. A developer has other requirements than employees in sales or office.
Microsoft works with Dell, HP, DXC, HCL, Computacenter and Accenture / Avanade.
The Microsoft Managed Desktop is currently only available in the United Kingdom and the United States. Microsoft plans to expand its services to Canada, Australia and New Zealand in early 2019 and other geographical areas (which it does not mention) in the second half of 2019. It remains to be seen whether some of these will be eligible. acceptance by smaller businesses or even by home consumers.