Microsoft working on DaaS solution hosted on Azure

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, May 2nd, 2013   |  

Microsoft is building a Desktop as a Service offering running on top of its Cloud platform Azure, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports. The Desktop as a Service offering is codenamed Mohoro and will be the cloud version of what Microsoft currently offers with Remote Desktop and Remote App. Mohoro can be compared with how Microsoft currently offers Windows Intune, its device management solution hosted by Microsoft which offers similar functionality to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, and now also offers integration between both products.

Currently Microsoft does not allow partners to deliver hosted Desktops running a Windows Client OS in a multi-tenant scenario, therefore it’s expected that if Microsoft releases Mohoro some changes in its licensing model can be expected as Gabe Knuth writes in a blogpost on BrianMadden.com. Knuth writes:

If Microsoft makes their own solution, can they call their own shots with regards to the EULA? They can’t sue themselves, but the cloud providers that have to adhere to that asinine policy sure can!

Perhaps that quote about "RemoteApp as a hosted service" represents the entirety of the solution. If Microsoft were to use RDSH in a multi-tenant fashion, they would be operating within the confines of their own EULA, avoiding any unwanted attention from customers or the US Department of Justice.


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