Cloud Firm ThinkGrid Introduces Microsoft Windows 7 Hosted Virtual Desktops

A video still from a demo of ThinkGrid's hosted virtual desktop

In an announcement, made by cloud services provider, ThinkGrid, ( on Tuesday, it was said that the company, lately, had introduced Microsoft Windows 7 based Hosted Virtual Desktops.

Just three months prior to this statement, ThinkGrid had signed a deal with ConnectWise to combine its business management solution to increase the use of cloud services.

The press release stated that an upgraded version of the service would provide clients an affordable substitute to the classic Windows migration.

“With support for Windows XP coming to an end, many businesses will soon have to upgrade to Windows 7 and incur significant Capex and migration costs. The Hosted Virtual Desktop route offers businesses an Opex path to Windows 7, and as with the original XP solution, a fully personalized Windows experience,” Rob Lovell, chief executive officer at ThinkGrid, said in a statement. “This includes the ability to install ANY application since each user has his personal persistent virtual machine, something no other cloud providers today are able to offer. We believe this is the most advanced Hosted Virtual Desktop solution in the market offering the tightest integration of existing cloud and on-premise computing.”

According to ThinkGrid, companies would be able to buy the services through ThinkGrid’s partner network on a monthly Opex basis. The organization also said that clients would not have to buy additional seats if they would not need it, nor would they have to get Microsoft licenses or extra hardware to make use of the services.

Some of the key features of a Windows 7 virtual desktop are 1080i resolution video quality, real time resource management, group management and active directory. The companies do not need to conduct any manual updates on equipment which will save their precious time and money.

ThinkGrid hosted virtual desktops with Windows 7 can be available from many clients such as iPad.

“For us, the Windows 7 experience from the cloud marks a potential year zero for desktop computing. The age-old pain points around operating system upgrades will disappear and give way to a much more flexible IT environment,” Lovell added. “For example, businesses can more easily support the trend of employee-owned devices where people want to bring their home laptops or tablets into the workplace, allowing them to run Hosted Virtual Desktops on these machines. Besides, no longer having to shoulder hardware costs, the wider benefit is that business-level IT is delivered in a far more secure environment with no data residing on the machine itself. In fact, since any updates or OS upgrades take place in the cloud, end-users are completely abstracted from the process of IT management.”

In a video demonstration on its website, ThinkGrid revealed that the virtual desktops are the only managed hosted virtual desktop that enable users to install whichever application they like.

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