Recent News: Microsoft clarifies cloud-hosted desktop licensing, stings OnLive

March 9th, 2012

by Bridget Botehlo, SearchVirtualDesktop

Microsoft shouts "to the cloud" in its Windows 7 commercials, but the company's licensing policy doesn't make it easy for cloud providers to deliver Windows desktops and applications from there.

Microsoft defined its desktop outsourcing licensing policy in a blog post on March 8 and despite industry pressure, it did not update its licensing policy in favor of cloud hosted desktops -- also known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS).

The company's elucidation was merely a move to address questions about cloud service provider OnLive Inc.'s free OnLive Desktop app. Available through iTunes, the app provides Windows 7 applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software to iPad users. The app is remotely hosted on OnLive's cloud service.

Questions surrounding the legality of this offering were recently raised by Gartner Inc. and by industry expert Brian Madden, who explained in his blog that while OnLive offers cloud-hosted Windows desktops for free, DaaS providers such as Desktone Inc. comply with Microsoft's licensing rules to the detriment of their business.

Read Bridget's full article on SearchVirtualDesktop

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