Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) is expected to launch across Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) in early 2019, offering customers an alternative way to manage IT.
The offering combines Microsoft 365 Enterprise, device-as-a-service, and cloud-based device management by Microsoft.
Specifically, the packaged solution is designed to allow customers to maximise IT management, allowing the tech giant to manage modern desktops in the process.
“We have consistently heard from our customers - both large and small - that they struggle to keep up with the pace of changes in technology,” said Bill Karagounis, general manager of Microsoft. “They feel pulled between the requirement to stay secure and up to date against the need to drive more business value.
“They are challenged to deliver the great user experiences that employees want and expect. And the sophistication of today’s security threats requires organisations to re-think how they deploy, manage, and secure assets for their users.”
Currently, Microsoft has joined forces with alliance partners such as Dell, HP and DXC Technology, in addition to HCL, Computacenter and Accenture/Avanade.
“We see great opportunities for our partner ecosystem to expand their existing Microsoft 365 activities and provide devices and experiences alongside MMD,” Karagounis added.
“The cloud has dramatically changed the way in which we can deliver, manage, and update devices, which creates an opportunity to think about how we deliver a modern desktop with Microsoft 365 in new and different ways.”
From a customer perspective, Karagounis said the vendor has deployed MMD in a “measured approach” with a set of early customers in the US and UK, including Lloyds Banking Group and Seattle Reign FC.
“These organisations are united by their desire to transform, to modernise the user experience and shift to a modern desktop,” Karagounis said. “They have been partnering with us to learn from, expand, and develop the MMD offering so that we can bring it to more customers and markets in the future.”
Looking ahead, Karagounis said plans are in plan to provide improved experience for users, while keeping devices secure and up to date.
“MMD relies on the power of Microsoft 365, running in a consistent, lightweight, reference architecture that continues to evolve to allow our customers to take full advantage of our intelligent security capabilities to protect them from nascent threats,” Karagounis added.
“We believe that MMD will be an option that allows organisations to fundamentally shift how they think about and manage their IT.
“Through MMD, customers will be able to move toward a secure, always up-to-date environment with device management by Microsoft. As we expand the offering, our partners will play a key role in helping us bring MMD to market and support customers in their transition to a modern desktop.”