One of the most frequent conversations we’ve been having with legal sector IT Managers recently is how will the desktop evolve over the coming years? We all agree that from a user’s point of view the actual desktop itself will still be the familiar Windows 10 style interface for a good while yet. So the focus is more on how will that desktop be delivered? How will it be managed and by whom? How will user the experience change?

The driver behind these conversations is not only the ongoing process of firms and vendors embracing the cloud and the increasing mobility of users, but also software vendors moving to deliver their next generation applications via SaaS models, often built on public cloud platforms.

By software vendors taking control of their own platform, rather than relying on the clients’ own IT solution to house applications, firms have started to rethink not only what the desktop experience could be like, but also what a traditional corporate network looks like.

Currently firms are either operating via on-premise infrastructure delivering a traditional “fat client” desktop experience with the users’ own PC helping to provide the necessary computing power, or a “thin client / virtual desktop” experience that relies purely on servers to provide the compute power.

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