I have just finished watching Steve Herrod’s keynote – which I must say – I found far more enjoyable than Paul’s keynote yesterday. I am not going to try and summarize the whole keynote – but I do want to dive in on one part.
There was a section where they talked about their vision for combined online / offline VDI. The concept here was that a user could have a unified desktop that they used locally on their laptop & remotely on their home computer or mobile device (though I never did figure out why the demo guy needed to connect remotely from his home computer if he had the image on his laptop).
At first, when I was watching this, I was pretty darned impressed. And do not get me wrong, this is some cool technology. I am especially interested in finding out more details about VMware’s client hypervisor (as the details become available).
But as I was sitting there thinking “That would be cool! That could really change the way I use computers!” – I realized that, no, it would not change the way I used computers at all. You see, at Microsoft we have a great terminal services infrastructure for employees to use.
So for me today:
- When I am at work I use my main desktop (now with 6 monitors hooked up to it and some massive desktop real estate) most of the time.
- When I get home – I then am able to seamlessly and securely connect to my desktop computer in order to do any work that I want to do from home. And thanks to the fantastic work by the Remote Desktop team in Windows 7, I get full Aero support and a great multimedia experience doing this.
- I can also use remote desktop from my mobile devices.
In fact the only downside to this whole setup is what to do if my work desktop is turned off – but then the Microsoft IT team have published most of our standard corporate applications over Remote Desktop as well – so even in this case it is easy for me to connect and do my work.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that the combination of online & offline VDI would revolutionize your work style?