Back in 2005, Microsoft conducted a trial through which it managed Windows PCs and servers for Energizer Holdings. The company obviously began selling this managed offer to businesses with more than 5,000 seats before they finally turned the service to Office 365.
It seems that Redmond will try an updated version of this strategy again.
Microsoft is coming closer to unveiling its plans for what it currently calls "Microsoft Managed Desktop." (Petri.com discovered the name in some recent jobs.)
I hear this Microsoft Managed Desktop is basically the Microsoft version of "desktop as a service." It will allow customers to rent a Windows 1
What distinguishes Microsoft's desktop-as-a-service version of the many companies that already offer under this desktop service name is the Windows 10 service part.
Like anyone who has seen Windows 10 functionalization, it is known that many IT professionals are dissatisfied with Microsoft's two-year functionalization updates for the operating system. They have seen updates breaking compatibility with things they had not expected. They have viewed Microsoft mail and pull updates and updates to these releases, making the distribution a nightmare. Windows as a service has been a rocky (or replaced your explosive freedom of choice) way too many.
Microsoft seems to expect companies to be ready for greater predictability – in terms of spending, updating and support – in exchange for letting someone else run.
Microsoft already has a number of pieces in place to make this happen. Over the past year, Microsoft has expanded its accessibility to its automated device deployment service for Windows Autopilot. It has been honing its self-financing skills with programs such as Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business, as well as its "Surface As a Service" leasing program. And it currently offers Windows 10, Office 365, and Intune device management and security products in the form of the Microsoft 365 subscription package.
Microsoft has a team working to put everything in a new service. One of my contacts said that Bill Karagounis, former director of the Windows Insider Program & OS Fundamentals team, who last year joined the Enterprise Mobility and Management section of Windows and devices, is responsible for the upcoming Microsoft Managed Desktop.  What I do not know is how / whether Microsoft plans to allow partners to sell the Microsoft Managed Desktop platform and add value to the top of it or if Microsoft intends to sell this directly to large corporate customers themselves (or both). A Microsoft spokesman said that the company had no comment on something about Microsoft Managed Desktop.
Currently, some Microsoft partners sell what sounds like this Microsoft Managed Desktop service, but under "Modern Workplace As Service Service" (MWaaS) Microsoft has used "Modern Workplace" to refer to its Microsoft 365- subscription package and related software / services.
CompNow, an Australian education provider of public services and business services, sells a Modern Workplace suite that includes a Windows device selected, Office 365, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, Managed IT Services and Helpdesk, A flexible warranty all for a monthly payment, according to the company's website.
Australian service provider CSA also offers a similar bundle of device, applications, and support for a single per user, monthly bill.