As well using the desktop PC
Seeing as you still need something with a glowy panel and a set of those pushbutton-key-things on your desk anyway, may as well retain the PC to perform that duty.
The main cost of supporting a PC is that of AD domain setup, user profiles, email accounts, troublesome apps, licensing, malware, etc. A PC used as a thin client needs none of these, in principle making it no more costly to maintain than a specialist terminal. Also, making all desktops userization-free means computers can be swapped-out as required.
Also a good opening for Linux. If the cloud software will work with a Mozilla browser then no need to pay for a licensed desktop OS. Although if you've already got XP COA's just use them, a limited XP user with software policies enforced is reasonably secure against malware.
Not that I'm advocating cloud working, the people I've seen switch to it have had their fingers burned. Inhouse virtualization yes where suitable, relying on some datacenter in another country... NO.