Windows Virtual Desktop is Now Generally Available

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Windows 10 with 3 Comments

Microsoft announced today that its Windows Virtual Desktop solution is now generally available to its business customers.

“Windows Virtual Desktop is the only service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps,” Microsoft corporate vice president Brad Anderson wrote in a prepared statement. “With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes.”

Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop one year ago, describing the service as the only way to get a multi-user Windows 10 experience that’s optimized for Office 365 via the cloud. The solution is aimed at a variety of needs, including regulated industries like financial services and healthcare where a virtualized desktop experience makes it easier to ensure regulation compliance. It’s also aimed at mobile workforces and firstline workers, and as another option for companies that wish to provide access to specific applications to certain employees.

Since the initial announcement and a private preview, Microsoft delivered a public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop this past March. Microsoft also revealed that it’s partnering with Citrix, CloudJumper, FSLogix, Lakeside Software, Liquidware, People Tech Group, ThinPrint, and others through the Azure marketplace, and that Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers will be able to offer Windows Virtual Desktop to their customers and offer additional services of their own.

You can learn more about Windows Virtual Desktop on the Microsoft website and on the Microsoft Docs website. Partners interested in offering this solution should visit the Azure Partner Zone page for Windows Virtual Desktop.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Windows Virtual Desktop is Now Generally Available”

  1. jaredthegeek

    Depending on the pricing mode this may be great for a business continuity effort.

  2. rmlounsbury

    I've been watching this one as a possible way to replace Windows machines in areas where I don't have users that need high powered equipment to do thier job and mostly live in Office and browser based tasks. If I could rollout an inexpensive thin client or a Chromebox and just run it into the ground while the user accessed their Windows environment through Windows Virtual Desktop would be fantastic.

    I can, of course, get to the same space using RDS but more and more we are looking at shifting work loads to the cloud where possible to minize our on premise maintnence requirements and simplify the infrastructure.

  3. irfaanwahid

    Is this similar to a discontinued service by Microsoft - RemoteApp which was available on Azure like 2 years ago?

    I have a very bad memory of RemoteApp.

    I spent nearly 4 months developing an app for desktop which was planned to be hosted on RemoteApp so our First Line workers could access the same on their Laptops, Tablets.

    When the app was in the test phase, Microsoft announced that they are discontinuing with RemoteApp.

    My company wasn't happy since we spent good amount on this expensive service.