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Microsoft is abandoning Remote Desktop Services

At least that's how I'm interpreting things as I read between the lines of this article:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/endofsupport/windows-server-migration

Consider (quotes from the above article):
Direct deployment of Microsoft 365 Apps isn't supported on Windows Server 2022 as it's a fixed, non-changing operating system.
So that means no one would likely install RDS Session Hosts on 2022, Microsoft's newest Server version.

Microsoft 365 Apps is supported on Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2016 only until October 2025.
This means that, even though the server OS in the case of 2019 will be supported (through Extended Support) through 2029, it will become unable to host sessions for users starting in October of 2025.

Microsoft's solution for those requiring in-house session hosts is Azure Stack HCI.  Which on a single 16 core host would run not less than $530 per month.  For an ability that USED to cost as a one-time fee every 5-9 years, a server license ($1000), RDS and Windows CALs ($200/each).  Think about it.  An RDS solution for 25 users would cost $6,000 once every, say, 6 years, will now cost $39,000 to run on prem with Azure Stack.

Or your could migrate to Windows 365 and get a basic Windows machine (D2 V3) for just $540 per month (or so, on a 3 year commitment with Windows License), or also $39,000.  

Please if you think this is reasonable... or I've got my numbers all wrong, let me know... but for people who think the cloud is cheaper than on prem, look at the numbers.  Even after you account for hardware costs, on prem is MUCH less expensive.

I never thought I'd move to linux, but now, I can't see how I won't at some point... this is insane.
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by:Jim Dettman (EE MVE)
First, thanks for posting this.

 All I can say is "wow".   Costs aside, everyone was slowly forced into moving to O365, now they (Microsoft) are leveraging that to force you to start using cloud PC's.   Way to go Microsoft.

 I think they'll see a lot of resistance to this.  RDP is used in so many places.

Jim.
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by:David Johnson, CD
I think you missed note #2
Microsoft 365 Apps is not supported on Windows Server 2022 because feature updates to Microsoft 365 Apps rely on changes to the underlying operating system. Office LTSC 2021 is supported for direct deployments on Windows Server 2022, because Office LTSC 2021 doesn't receive feature updates.

I think the first sentence is malarky Office 2021 is the full retail product, not the constantly updating Microsoft 365 Apps (AKA Office 365 suite)
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by:Lee W, MVP
While there may be paths to continue using Office for a time, Microsoft made a CHOICE to alter Office AND/OR Server in such a way that it cannot support Office 365 application installations.  And while I do generally prefer the on-prem version, most folks these days are on the subscription model.  This means a HUGE cost involved to switch to an on-prem solution that could cause additional complications with their email in circumstances where email is with Office 365.  And finally, the changes will only last for so long.  Office will no longer have extended support, so you get 5 years from product launch (2021 supported until 2026), but after that...?  Microsoft is NOT instilling confidence in my ability to continue using one of their most important products in an RDS environment.
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by:Jim Dettman (EE MVE)
Should also be noted that Microsoft at this time, has committed to only one perpetual release beyond 2021.   The other thing not to loose sight of is the statement "...Windows Server 2022 as it's a fixed, non-changing operating system.".

 While they are only speaking of Office, that statement means that any software that needs to make modifications to the OS are not going to work either.    Time will tell what exactly that means, but it sounds like a lot of apps are going to be non-functional (think about how many apps need to be installed with admin rights).  

 Last, with the advent of Windows 365, you can see that this is where Microsoft's next major push is going to be now that they've got most running on Office 365 subscriptions. They always said they were working towards Windows being a subscription based product, but I don't think anyone thought of that as being SAAS.  

 Like they did with Office, they are going to do everything possible to shoehorn everyone into a PC in the cloud, and this is the start of that.

Jim.
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