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Windows Virtual Desktop – Azure Updates

by Lalita Negi on January 4th 2019

In the Ignite conference, held in Sep. 2018, Microsoft made some announcements related to Office 365 and Azure. But, for virtual desktop users, the announcement of Windows Virtual Desktop was most eye-catching. This new desktop is believed to deliver the best virtualised and Office experience on Azure.

Windows Virtual Desktop is the new and only cloud-based service that offers a multi-user Windows 10 experience, includes free Windows 7 extended security updates, and optimised to work with Office 365 ProPlus. This new desktop allows you to scale and install Windows and Office on Azure quickly while providing built-in security and compliance.

Benefits of Using Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft developed Windows Virtual Desktop to eliminate the complexities that users often experience with desktop virtualisations. It has been designed keeping both IT and end-users in mind. Some major benefits that Windows Virtual Desktop offers are:

1)     The only cloud-based service that provides multi-user Windows 10 experience. It is also compatible with Microsoft Store and other Windows business apps. This compatibility offers advantages that were only possible with server-based virtualisation earlier.

2)      It gives you the ability to virtualise Office 365 ProPlus running in multi-user virtual scenarios.

3)     Free access to Windows 7 virtual desktop with extended security updates.

4)     Provides a scalable option to deploy and manage Windows virtual machines. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you don’t have to host, install, configure, or manage any of the components of Windows virtual machines.

5)     Allows you to virtualise both desktops and apps within the same program. This means you can choose whether you want to provide the entire desktop experience to the user or only specific apps.

6)     Highly integrated with security and management services of Microsoft 365, such as data loss prevention, Microsoft 365 conditional access, and integrated management. These features make Windows Virtual Desktop the most secure and simplest solution to protect and manage all your apps and data.

This latest virtual desktop will address certain gaps that previously existed in Windows virtualisation. It will serve as a replacement for the RemoteApp service that Microsoft cancelled last year.

Windows Virtual Desktop is a complete virtualisation solution that has been designed to extend and enriched by Microsoft business partners. For example, Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers of the extensive network will be able to provide Windows Virtual Desktop to their clients and offer additional value around the service.

How to Access Windows Virtual Desktop?

Currently, the Window Virtual Desktop will only be available to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education customers. You can sign up for Windows Virtual Desktop, and then sign up or use an existing Azure subscription to deploy and manage your virtual desktop or apps quickly.

The license for Windows Virtual Desktop will be an integrated, no-additional-cost part for Windows Enterprise E3 or E5 license users. This license will enable you to install a local Windows 10 that uses WVD for remote access to a couple of legacy applications running on Windows 7 on Azure with no additional requirements. However, you’ll have to pay an additional cost for the storage and compute utilisation from the virtual machine themselves; this additional cost will be counted as your Azure subscription. With this subscription, you’ll be able to take advantage of any of your existing Azure compute commitments, which includes Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.


This new Windows Virtual Desktop can eliminate most of the gaps that were previously occurred in windows virtualisation. It is the only cloud-based service that provide multi-user experience on Windows 10. So, if you’re a virtual desktop user, you should take a look at it.

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