Windows Virtual Desktop is a Windows 10 ‘in streaming’.
Veterans of the place may remember that slogan used by the mythical Sun Microsystems in the mid-90s. ‘The network is the computer’ was that philosophy on which ‘thin clients’ (“dumb computers”, for some) depended of a server or servers that did all the work and then transmit it to those clients. The power was not in the computer, but in the network.
This concept was not in disuse, and for some time now we have been seeing how some suggest that the future of video games is in video games via streaming. Now Microsoft has recovered the concept and with its Windows Virtual Desktop It invites us to enjoy the virtues of Windows 10, but do it by streaming, through the cloud, and almost on any device.
Windows 10 streaming
Microsoft’s proposal it is based, of course, on Azure, its cloud platform, which continues to earn integers and has been the main protagonist of its Ignite event these days.
This event was presented that project that will provide a fully virtualized multi-user Windows 10 experience and also will integrate Office 365.
That experience will also give access to the Microsoft store to download new applications, and the Redmond company, which clearly orients this solution to the business segment, is preparing collaborations with partners such as Citrix, Liquidware or CloudJumper to provide additional services in that “turnkey” offering through the cloud.
Through Windows Virtual Desktop the user will be able to access that remote desktop as if he were actually using a PC and its applications locally, which is precisely what Sun proposed in 1999 with his Sun Ray, that “thin client” with a smart card reader that proposed that computing model in which those “dumb terminals” actually did little more than provide visual output to the signal that was actually processed on the servers of the same manufacturer.
The service also supports both persistent and non-persistent virtualization environments, but Microsoft’s proposal is not only limited to Windows 10: Windows 7 is also supported, perhaps for compatibility reasons with certain business environments.
As explained in Ars Technica, it is true that Windows Server provided a similar option, but the desktop experience was not the same as that offered in Windows 10, and for example there was no access to Microsoft Edge, the Store, or Cortana, and updates occurred only every three years.
The service It is therefore something like a “Windows 10 streaming” for companies that will be able to configure this platform for their needs by adding and removing processor cores, RAM or storage, and there is even support for special virtual machines with dedicated GPUs to be able to be used remotely as well.
At the moment no specific price or date specified for the arrival of this service, but those interested can already sign up for a list that will notify them of the availability of this service that almost a quarter of a century later recovers that concept of “thin client” that seemed to conquer world.