The new Windows client images are for MSDN subscribers only. And they are meant to be used exclusively for application development and testing purposes, officials stressed. Microsoft already makes available Visual Studio 2013 images for use in Azure VMs, but developers could, if they so desired, also opt to add Visual Studio 2013 to the new Windows 7/Windows 8.1 images, officials said.
Some TechEd attendees have wondered aloud whether the inclusion of Windows images in the Azure gallery signifies that Microsoft is planning to allow users and/or partners to offer Windows/Office in traditional desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) form.
But Microsoft officials at TechEd insisted that the new Windows client images for Azure should not be seen as an indication that Microsoft is planning to adopt a traditional DaaS strategy. Microsoft execs said at TechEd that they believe most users prefer app-remoting to app-streaming/VDI, and that's why the company is going the Azure RemoteApp route to address these kinds of scenarios.