Access your Pro+ Content below.
Mobile desktop as a service still isn't viable
This article is part of the Modern Mobility issue of January 2016 issue, Volume 2, Issue 1
The latest cloud-hosted desktop platforms can bring a Windows PC interface to any Internet-connected device, but while workspace as a service and desktop as a service providers spread their "any device, anywhere" messages, using a mobile device for desktop computing isn't as hot as it's made out to be. Sure, end users like the option of reaching into their pockets to review documents on their smartphones, but typically only in a pinch -- not as a permanent replacement for PCs, said David Johnson, senior analyst with Forrester Research. For instance, some companies have jumped on the mobile desktop bandwagon by handing out virtual desktop-enabled tablets to specific portions of their workforces, such as field sales reps, Johnson said. "We saw … mixed results," he added. "It presented these employees with a challenge if they needed frequent access to their Windows desktops or apps to do their jobs." It was especially challenging if users were working in areas with spotty cellular coverage or limited public Wi-Fi, or if the apps ...
Access this PRO+ Content for Free!
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
Features in this issue
Vendors are working to make DaaS a better experience on mobile devices, but users still don't find cloud-hosted desktops workable for complicated tasks on smartphones and tablets.
Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform promises apps that can run on any Windows device, from a PC to HoloLens. But in the enterprise, interest in UWP apps is muted.
A 64-bit A9X chipset and 4 GB of RAM are just a few of the many iPad Pro specs that help Apple's enterprise-focused tablet rise above the competition.
Without much hype, some industries have used sensors and connected devices for years. Now, Internet of Things devices are about to take off in a slew of new markets.
News in this issue
A lot of organizations don't understand what it takes to maintain compliance on mobile. It starts with keeping track of devices and apps.
Columns in this issue
The Microsoft Continuum feature could be a big boost for Windows 10 devices, bringing a better experience for users and fewer help desk tickets for IT.
Traditional security measures like password enforcement don't cut it when it comes to mobile devices. Instead, apply single sign-on technology to all in-house and external apps.