10 things you probably didn’t know you could do with a Hosted Desktop

You may already be familiar with the terms Hosted Desktop, Hosted Remote Desktop, or Hosted Terminal Services, but here’s a list of things you may not realise can be done if you move your IT to a Hosted Desktop platform.

1. Bespoke architecture for a complete Cloud based IT solution

Hosted Remote Desktops or Remote Applications (RemoteApps) are just the visible front end to what can be a complex, bespoke IT solution for your business.   Client applications run on the Remote Desktop but can then be supported by a suite of other systems such as web servers, application servers, and database servers, all tailored to your specific requirements.   These are then further supported by all the behind the scenes infrastructure that go to make up a Hosted Desktop platform, including backup systems, firewalls, data storage, and a whole host of other systems that enable you to securely connect to your applications over the Internet.

2. Use your non-Windows devices to run your Windows based remote applications

Some of the most common desktop applications don’t have versions for Mac, iPads or Android based tablets.   By using a Hosted Desktop platform you can connect to and run your applications on any device.

3. Run your Remote applications from desktop shortcuts in the same way as local ones

The term Hosted Desktop can be misleading, you don’t have to run a full remote desktop; you can instead just launch the individual applications running on the remote desktop as if they were installed locally on your computer.   This technology is called “RemoteApps”.   You can create Start Menu or desktop shortcuts and just fire up the application.   Once running it will feel no different than if it was installed on your PC.

4. Connect to your applications from a web browser

Using someone else’s PC, maybe in a hotel, airport or Internet café?   You can still run your business applications.  Simply logon to our web portal and you will be presented with icons for all your applications so you can run them from anywhere.   These are the full versions, the same as you would use normally, not to be confused with cut down web based versions of applications such as you might use with Office 365 online versions.

5. Leave your application running while you do something else.

If you’re working on an application, maybe writing a document or running a report you may not want to close it and lose your thread while you go off to a meeting or you want to finish it when you get home.   You can simply disconnect from your remote desktop or RemoteApps and leave them running in the background.   When you are ready you simply reconnect and they will be there just as you left them.   This is a really useful feature if you have an unstable internet connection, for example working on a train.

6. Run older legacy applications “in the cloud”

Your old but trusted and familiar applications can be brought right up to date by hosting them in the cloud on a Hosted Desktop platform.   It doesn’t matter how old the version is, or even if the vendor is still in business, as long as it runs on Windows there is a good chance it will run on a Hosted Desktop.

7. Integrate Office 365 with other desktop applications in the cloud

If you subscribe to Office 365 you can run this on a hosted remote desktop alongside other business applications.   You need to be on the ProPlus Office 365 plan as a minimum though as the ability to activate Office 365 is limited by Microsoft to only these plans.

8. Save data from your Remote Applications to your local PC and print documents

You can configure your hosted desktop to show your local drives such as the C: drive on your PC or USB drives that you plug in.  This means you can save from your RemoteApps directly to your PC to use later.   You can also easily print from your RemoteApps to your local printer.

9. Work with other branches or remote workers

Because hosted desktops don’t care where you are based you can work with colleagues in other branches in just the same way as if they were sat next to you.  Everyone gets the same experience.

10. Organise and secure your documents and data

Just like using a file server in your office a Hosted Desktop platform will provide your users with shared network drives to save documents, as well as their own personal “My Documents” area.   The folders within the shared drives can be restricted and secured in exactly the same way as a local file server, using Windows groups to assign permissions to the right people.  So, the finance folders are only available to the accounts department; the personnel files only accessible by HR and so on.

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A Hosted Desktop platform is the modern way to run your business systems using the latest cloud technology.   In this article we’ve tried to show you just some of the things that you may not be aware of, but every business is different so if you have some specific requirements that you’d like to discuss please get in touch today either by phone on 01282 500318 or via our contact page.

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