Windows Virtual Desktop Becomes Azure Virtual Desktop, Adds New Features

Nearly two years after the launch of Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft has announced significant changes to its platform. Among them, a new name and streamlined features for managed service providers.

Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop – The Cloud VDI Platform for Hybrid and Remote Workplaces

Windows Virtual Desktop is a success story – even one with a happy ending for many companies that had to provide ad hoc home offices during the pandemic.

To address the demands of changing workplace scenarios, especially hybrid and remote workplaces, Microsoft now shared its vision of a cloud VDI platform for all these use cases in a blog post.

Azure Virtual Desktop – With New Options for Managed Service Providers and Further Improvements

Microsoft is announcing a new pricing model and options for providing apps to external users, called Remote App Streaming, at the beginning of next year. With the new user-based pricing ($5.50 per external user), it will be easier for service providers to deliver apps as a service to their customers.

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Here’s a quick overview of what other features are already available or will be soon in the public preview of Azure Virtual Desktop:

  • Azure Active Directory improvements: AVD virtual machines can be automatically connected to Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise multisession virtual machines can be managed like physical devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
  • Improved onboarding for easy setup of Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Growing partner ecosystem: Microsoft continues to build on strong partnerships.

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