Originally Posted by chelgrian
This isn't about RDPing into your desktop PC. The license is for accessing entirely additional copy of Windows running on a server somewhere. Or single applications running on a server displaying on a tablet (I refuse to use this stupid 'Virtual Desktop Infrastructure' and 'Virtual App' or 'App Streaming' terminology). It also seems to cover this 'Windows To Go' thing which is simply yet another copy of Windows locked down with whatever your corporate IT department want to lock down and booted off a USB key. What they are saying is that if you buy a Windows RT tablet you get rights to do this anyway, if you have an iPad you have to buy one 'Companion Device License' for each user and each user can have 4 devices.
If course the cheap way to do this is to not drink the 'Virtual Desktop' KoolAid and provide a VPN + Firewall mechanism which allows the user to connect to their PC and only their PC via one of the many RDP clients available.
With any luck, this will apply more pressure to get people to switch to server operating systems that don't have extortionate client access fees.
A number of years ago, we bought an xServe which came with unlimited client licenses for less money than just the Windows licensing cost alone would have been (not even counting the hardware to run Windows Server). If you have to pay for tablets to access your server, as well, the Windows cost gets even higher.
Originally Posted by DGNR8
This will be a problem for MS, additional tax for the privilege to use an OS that is not geared for corporate environments.
Every company I work with has zero plans to migrate from 7.
They now have there desktops now fully functional with 7 and users finally trained.
There is no huge benefit for a company to spend the license fees and the training expense for the new OS they do not want, AGAIN!!!!!, in such a short period.
I have been beta testing the 8 and I can tell you right now this is not going to work in corporate unless they turn off tiles.
I see a terrible adoption rate for this version.
Windows 9 will fix Windows 8 like Windows 7 fixed Windows Vista.
I am not a Windows basher at all, I actually like Windows 7.
It is a most stable version of Windows since Windows 2000.
However Windows 8 is the biggest mistake MS has made since Windows ME.
They are trying to compete with Apple and Android to go after consumer market, tisk tisk … Big Mistake.
I won't even go into there numerous mistakes they have made in virtualization and the way they have tried to punish enviros using Citrix or VMWare
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I can just imagine the difficulty of teaching millions of computerphobes a new UI.
Fortunately, it's not hard for IT to turn it off and I expect they will do so before delivering new PCs to their users' desks. Of course, after having done that, there's little (if any) advantage to Windows 8 vis a vis Windows 7.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
I seem to recall Ballmer saying that Windows 8 could be their last version of Windows if people don't take to it.
If he actually said that, it's just one more example of why you shouldn't pay attention to anything Ballmer says. There's absolutely no way they would stop upgrading Windows.
Rather, if it doesn't do well, I can picture MS doing 2 things:
1. Offering a 'downgrade' license to purchasers of new PCs which come with Windows 8. They've done that before.
2. Immediately start with the promises about how great Windows 9 will be. There's also precedent for that. They seem to have a pretty solid history of alternating 'good' and 'lousy' releases. After every lousy release, they get their act together and the next one is usually significantly improved.