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MindShift Launches Nextdesktop, The First Affordable Hosted Windows Desktop Solution For Small And Medium-Sized Businesses

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- mindSHIFT, an industry leader in delivering managed IT services to businesses, today launched NextDesktop, an online service that provides small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with the first affordable hosted Windows desktop solution.

With prices starting at $39.99 per user per month - vs. more than $100 per seat per month for competing hosted desktop solutions - NextDesktop extends mindSHIFT's managed desktop line to provide a basic Windows desktop to budget-conscious organizations that don't require the comprehensive 24-hour hardware, server, network, Help Desk and file restoration support of mindSHIFT's fully-managed desktop solutions.

The NextDesktop service provides an affordable option for budget-conscious organizations, especially:

  • Start-ups
  • SMBs needing to replace out-of-warranty PCs and laptops
  • SMBs adding new employees or new offices
  • SMBs with employees who do not use graphics or multimedia-intensive applications

"With the launch of NextDesktop, mindSHIFT is removing the costly and burdensome tasks of desktop management for small and medium-sized businesses that until now have been beyond their reach," said Ravi Agarwal, senior executive officer of technology innovation at mindSHIFT. "Hosted desktops were once thought to be the domain of large enterprises. But that's changing with our new hosted Windows desktop - a cheaper, better, faster solution to SMBs' PC challenges."

"Small and medium-sized organizations want lower cost computing capabilities, but they don't want to sacrifice security, performance or reliability. NextDesktop's hosted desktop service meets these requirements and provides a viable alternative to deploying traditional PCs," said Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies and an industry expert on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cloud computing and managed services.

Compared to traditional PCs and other hosted desktops, NextDesktop offers a more cost-effective and worry-free alternative to effectively address SMB IT needs:

  1. Lower operational and capital expenditure costs, with the lowest price
     in the market and  the ability to either utilize existing hardware or
     purchase less expensive thin client devices
  2. Reduced IT burden, eliminating the need to upgrade PCs, provide
     security, back up files, apply anti-virus and other patches, maintain
     IT Help Desk services and manage software upgrades.
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