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Microsoft Announces ‘Windows Virtual Desktop’ Virtualization Service for Windows and Office

Windows Virtual Desktop allows enterprise subscription customers to run Windows, Office and third-party apps in Azure virtual machines.

This week at Ignite, Microsoft has announced a new virtualization service for Windows and Office called as Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).

WVD delivers a multi-user virtualization experience. Users will be able to virtualize Windows 7 and Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and other third-party applications on Azure virtual machines with built-in security and compliance.

“Windows Virtual Desktop delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience, optimized for Office 365 ProPlus, and includes free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale Windows and Office on Azure in minutes, with built-in security and compliance.”

Microsoft 365’s conditional access, data loss prevention, and integrated management are all natively built into WVD to provide the most secure solution.

Windows Virtual Desktop developed for both IT and the user in mind, offers benefits that includes:

  • WVD, a cloud service will enable remote desktop sessions with multi-users logged into the same Windows 10 or Windows Server virtual machine.
  • Users can opt-in to entire desktop virtualization experience or individual apps, like Microsoft Store and or Windows line-of-business applications.
  • WVD also supports full VDI with Windows 10 and Windows 7 with free Extended Security Updates.
  • It’s the best service to virtualize Office 365 ProPlus running in multi-user virtual scenarios. Microsoft notes, that it plans to share more information about Office 365 virtualized experience for the Windows Virtual Desktop service in the months ahead.
  • Most scalable service to deploy and manage Windows virtual machines, using Azure for computing, storage, rich diagnostics, advanced networking, connection brokering, and gateway.
  • Virtual apps delivered to a Windows 10 endpoint seamlessly integrated into the user experience.

Microsoft says WVD is a platform that’s easily extendable with partners through the Azure marketplace. To this end, the company says it plans to offer WVD via Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers and is working with third-parties, like Citrix etc. to build upon and offer additional value around the WVD service.

This service is available to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education customers. To start using WVD, users need to sign-in using their Azure subscription. They will be charged for the storage and compute their virtual machines use.

Customers will also be able to use their existing Azure compute commitments, like Azure Virtual Machine Reserved Instances (RI).

Licenses for WVD  are available at no additional cost to Microsoft 365 E3, E5, or F1 customer or a Windows E3 or E5 customers.

It can be used with Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2012 R2+.

And, Windows 7 virtual machine users will be getting extended security updates at no additional charge after Microsoft support ends in January 2020.

Microsoft says public preview will be coming “later this year” as it’s working on the finishing touches.

Those interested in pa ublic preview, can register now.

In the meantime, check out the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) website.

The video below demonstrates Windows Virtual Desktop:

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