This suite of applications created in 2010 by Microsoft was originally a suite of on-premise applications. In less than a decade it has fully developed into a software as a service (SaaS) application offering.
It started as a burned piece of software on a CD. This then had to be uploaded onto your chosen device and was only accessible on that one piece of hardware until you decided to uploaded to your next device (depending on your licensing terms).
It is now a fully operational as a SaaS application, meaning Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest of your Office suite is now available online from any device.
Desktop 365 has endured the same type of evolution.
The transition from saving and storing all files, applications and other data on one device and being solely dependent on it meant that you had to always work from that same device every time you needed to work.
Then Hosted Desktops came along and allowed what we call remote working. This evolution in technology mobilised workers in a big way helping them to become untethered from specific devices, improve their work-life balance and most importantly, keep their data secure in the long run. Through single sign-on all of your on-premise applications were stored in highly-secure servers along with company data and all of your SaaS applications were accessible because you were connected to the internet. It functioned exactly like a desktop would, the only difference was that your data was not saved locally on the device.
Desktop 365 is the next step in the evolution of desktops. Your files, data and on-premise applications (including Office 365) are hosted in a cloud environment. Taking all of the benefits of Hosted Desktops, including security, flexibility and productivity, you all have access to your SaaS application on your home screen as if they were on-premise apps. So no more remembering individual passwords, or having 10-15 tabs open in your browser, you just log on and click on your application and you are signed into MailChimp, Autotask, WordPress and SalesForce.
Best of all, it is accessed is controlled by your MSP or your IT Manager so you can grant and deny access to employees per application.
Want to know more?
If you want to know more about Desktop 365 or want to find out how to can take the next transformative step with your IT setup, call us on 0800 144 8995 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also more information available in our case studies where you can read about how we’ve helped other businesses transform their IT model.