Blogger Charon unearthed a slide from a Microsoft architectural summit in London, early this year that focuses on virtualization futures. (As Microsoft watchers may recall, new virtualization capabilities are expected by many to be part of Windows 8 when it ships around 2012 or so.) The deck gives some general sense of what the Softies are thinking on the Windows client virtualization front.
Microsoft solution architect presentation, entitled "Desktop as a Service," describes some of the customer pain points associated with Windows today. Here's a slide that shows how Microsoft is thinking about the next-gen virtual desktop:
In the brave, new DaaS world, "the desktop shouldn't be associated with the device. (T)he desktop can be thought of as a portal which surfaces the users apps, data, user state and authorisation and access."
DaaS means apps and data are centrally managed, as are the deployment of these apps and data. Apps and data are "treated as cached entities and synchronized with an appstore and "user state store," the slide deck explained. (Aha! Another mention of the infamous Windows 8 app store concept.) More and more of the desktop will be virtualizable, as this slide (with the Windows Next mention) shows: