Microsoft said that it will extend its subscription-based offerings into desktop PC management, although details on the new service are sketchy. The new services will apparently be related to cloud-based versions of Exchange and Sharepoint, which were formally unveiled on Monday. Microsoft offered no details beyond a somewhat vague blog post on the subject.
Interestingly, the post specifies "desktops," and not PC in general, which would normally include notebooks as well. Microsoft did not offer any timing or pricing details. "Microsoft also announced that it is planning to offer a Microsoft Online Services solution that will provide IT management and security capabilities for businesses," the unsigned post said, on "Microsoft's Buisness and Tools News Bytes" blog. "Slated for delivery in calendar year 2010, these new offerings will enable IT managers to secure and manage desktops using Web-based subscription services.