Samsung Finally Releasing Windows 10 Desktop For DeX Station Customers
Samsung introduced the DeX docking station along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone family earlier this year. Now, in collaboration with both Amazon and Ingram Micro, the company is debuting an easier way to access a Windows 10 desktop using the device. Since the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S8 Active and the Galaxy Note 8, and all are compatible with the Samsung DeX. However, for many customers the Android platform is too restrictive for desktop use. And now, there may be.
Ingram Micro, utilising Amazon WorkSpaces and Microsoft Windows Desktop as a Service, can now get a Windows 10 desktop running on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and related family. This is one way to circumvent the issues of running Windows 10 on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset; the Windows 10 desktop is running via Amazon’s cloud system. What’s interesting is that this solution uses the Amazon cloud platform rather than the Microsoft Azure cloud; Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon and Google appear to be frenemies, as each offers a range of products and services that complement or compete with the other.
This is the first Windows Desktop as a Service for the Samsung DeX Station, and it’s taken some time in getting here. Samsung of course has other offerings in the productivity space, including a range of tablets and ultrabooks. There’s a thirty day trial of the service being launched via the “Windows Desktop Free Trial DeX App,” only available in the Samsung Galaxy App Store. Finally, then: a way to put the DeX to good use.