Last month, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD), a new enterprise service that brings together Microsoft 365 Enterprise, device as a service, and cloud-based device management. Microsoft’s aim with this service is to provide a great experience for users while keeping devices secure and up to date. Microsoft also mentioned that MMD is limited to devices that meet Microsoft’s specification and runtime quality bar.
According to ARN, Microsoft has confirmed that MMD will be limited to Surface devices for now. So, enterprise customers can choose between Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and Surface Book. But in the future, Microsoft is planning to offer PCs from other Windows OEMs as well.
“We have some quality bars that these devices need to meet, and we also make sure that they’re providing the most relevant Windows enterprise features as well,” said Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager for Microsoft 365.
Other Windows OEMs including Dell has now started offering their own DaaS for enterprises. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft competes with them in the coming months.