Windows Virtual Desktop is now available for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users

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The new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) product and strategy announced last year in September is here.

Well, the Redmond giant planned to offer an early version of the latest technology right before the year ended. But that didn’t happen.

Although it’s a bit late somehow, Microsoft managed to keep its promise in March 2019. This week, Microsoft released the WVD Public Preview.

The public preview allows users to get their hands dirty into the service by testing it in their own environments. However, Microsoft states that the service is not yet ready to be published in the production environments. 

What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

Windows Virtual Desktop is a new cloud service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience which is optimized to work with Office 365 Pro Plus.

The new offering makes it significantly easier to scale Windows 10 and Office deployments on Azure and comes with built-in security and compliance.

The new service offers Windows Server RDS apps and desktop support, along with multi-session Windows 10.

 Users can utilize Azure virtual machines to virtualize various third-party apps including office 365 ProPlus apps along with Windows 7 and 10 operating system. 

Azure virtual machines will be used to remotely run each of them. This new offering comes with built-in security and compliance.

This new service will be available to the production environments in the second half of this year right before Windows 7 support ends in January 2020. 

Microsoft plans to ease the migration challenges for the users who are migrating to this service to virtualize Windows 7, by offering ‘free’ extended security updates. 

As a matter of fact, these updates are not completely free as the users will be paying for the desktop service.

Big names are interested

You might be wondering who will be using this upcoming service. The big names have already announced that the service will be provided by them along with additional value-added options.

Most of them are Microsoft’s partners, including Citrix. Most importantly, Samsung’s Android desktop experience Samsung Dex will be offering this service. 

Currently, the service has been launched in US East 2 and US Central Azure regions. Microsoft plans to expand the service in all of its cloud regions later this year. 

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