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    With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

    With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

    For over 30 years, we’ve thought of PCs primarily as Windows machines, which we owned and controlled. That’s about to change forever.

    This isn’t about Microsoft forcing us off Windows 7 to Windows 10 as fast as it can (though it has found many ways to push that agenda). This is about Microsoft abandoning the Windows platform as a conventional desktop.

    Microsoft is getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop. This will be a “desktop-as-a-service” (DaaS) offering. Instead of owning Windows, you’ll “rent” it by the month.

    DaaS for Windows isn’t new. Citrix and VMware have made a living from it for years. Microsoft has offered Remote Desktop Services, formerly Terminal Services, for ages.

    Microsoft Managed Desktop is a new take. It avoids the latency problem of the older Windows DaaS offerings by keeping the bulk of the operating system on your PC.

    But you’ll no longer be in charge of your Windows PC. Instead, it will be automatically provisioned and patched for you by Microsoft. Maybe you’ll be OK with that.

    Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know IT departments have not been happy with Microsoft’s twice yearly major “upgrades” to Windows 10. Let’s call it what it is. These aren’t upgrades or updates; they’re service patches (SP).

    Take the Windows 10 April 2018 Update — please! It came with more than its fair share of bugs. What was especially annoying was that “Update” fouled up so many of Microsoft’s own programs. When even Word, Outlook and File Explorer lock up, you know you’ve got a mess on your hands.

    Computerworld’s Woody Leonhard even recommended that, unless you were stuck with the April Update, you turn off automatic updating. He’s right to do so. Windows patching was always chancy, but with Windows 10 you’re more likely to have trouble when you patch than you are to avoid problems. And isn’t that a heck of a note?

    So, with this track record, do you want to pay good money to let Microsoft maintain your desktops for you? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    Nonetheless, DaaS Windows is coming. Microsoft has been getting away from the old-style desktop model for years now. Just look at Office. Microsoft would much rather have you rent Office via Office 365 than buy Microsoft Office and use it for years.Microsoft Managed Desktop is the first move to replacing “your” desktop with a rented desktop. By 2021, I expect the Managed Desktop to be to traditional Windows what Office 365 is to Office today: the wave of the future. Or maybe tsunami, depending on your perspective.

    I’m not happy with this development. I’m old enough to remember the PC revolution. We went from depending on mainframes and Unix boxes for computing power to having the real power on our desktops. It was liberating.

    Now Microsoft, which helped lead that revolution, is trying to return us to that old, centralized control model.

    Forget that noise. If Microsoft continues on this course, soon your only real choices if you really want a “desktop” operating system will be Linux and macOS. Oh, you’ll still have “Windows.” But Windows as your “personal” desktop? It will be history.

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    Re: With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

    it will be up to Linux to step up its game and get compatible with games via things like making Vulkan good and for game companies to support Linux once that happens.

    Honestly I kinda blame dumber users and corporate greed for this. Corporate greed because well making people rent their OS is only about profits, And dumber users because we all know their lack of will or care to install security updates is what drives lots of the bot nets. Admittedly its mostly corporate greed though.

    Thing is MS has a habit of tying this stuff to things like new versions of DirectX, That is how they sold Windows 8 by making you have to have it to get DX11 and Win10 for DX12. People found there was no hard technological reason for not letting DX11 run on older windows like 7, It was purely "make em buy Win8".
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    Re: With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

    Windows 7 is my last windows edition. After MS stated Windows 10 would be the only version I started migrating all my computers and my family to Linux Mint. only machine I haven't migrated yet is the gaming computer but it can run windows 7 for a while longer.
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    All my pcs are linux. My work uses linux. All my personal devices are android (subtitled, linux). Linux or mac. Those are your choices, these days.

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    inability to run all but a small patch of games makes Linux a non starter for me. Same for Mac.
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    Re: With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

    Hmm. Well, Wine pretty much allows most games to be run, but, personally, i try and not game much, anymore, and when I do, I do not like it to be done on my PC. It cuts into mu productivity.

    I try not to porn on the PC, either. I have a dedicated Phaplet for that.

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