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Microsoft appears to be hearing up for a desktop-as-a-service offering via the previously discovered Microsoft Managed Desktop. According to respected Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley,  customers will be able to “lease a Windows 10 device that’s automatically provisioned for them.”

The benefits of such as a service are clear. Customers will instantly have the latest updates, a high level of security, and all the latest productivity tools. Foley says this will all be available for a single monthly fee.

Though Microsoft has tried such offerings back in 2005, it was limited to just a few companies. With the annoying bi-yearly update cycle of Windows 10, now may be a much better time for wider adoption, cutting out that aspect entirely.

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Many Unknowns

Unfortunately, it seems this project is still underway. Microsoft has been actively hiring for positions, though the division and there are now details about a release date or who it will release to.

It’s also unclear if Microsoft will sell the service to enterprises directly, or if partners will sell it with a markup. The Redmond giant has refused to comment, so we’ll have to wait a little longer. Naturally, there’s also no information about pricing, and the per-user fee could make or break the venture.

Theoretically, though, Microsoft could bundle such a service in with its other subscriptions, such as Office 365. Though other company’s offer similiar service, Microsoft Managed Desktop’s ability to update quickly and ensure compatibility could make it a strong competitor.

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