The concept of the Windows-based business desktop is irrelevant according to James Gardner, chief technology officer at the Department of Work and Pensions.
In a blog post today he questioned what Microsoft will do to restore the value of Windows. "From a strategic point of view, if you're designing the future technology estate of a large organisation, the last thing it makes sense to do in this kind of context is build stuff that depends on a desktop stack. Furthermore, decoupling legacy from the desktop stack also has to be on the agenda, because you just can't count on that stack being relevant in 10 years time."
In February DWP signed a six-year contract with Fujitsu, to outsource desktop services, across 140,000 PCs, in one of the biggest outsource deals in the UK.