Windows Virtual Desktop is feature complete– One of the more substantial announcements at Ignite 2018 was Microsoft’s reveal of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), which would allow you to run Windows7 and Windows10, as well as MS Office apps in a virtual machine in the cloud.
What is Windows Virtual Desktop?
Windows Virtual Desktop(WVD) is a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud.
Here is what you can do when you run Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure:
- Set up a multi-session Windows 10 deployment that delivers a full Windows 10 with scalability
- Virtualize Office 365 ProPlus and optimize it to run in multi-user virtual scenarios
- Provide Windows 7 virtual desktops with free Extended Security Updates
- Bring your existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Windows Server desktops and apps to any computer
- Virtualize both desktops and apps
- Manage Windows 10, Windows Server, and Windows 7 desktops and apps with a unified management experience
Now, according to Scott Manchester, the company’s Group Manager for WVD and RDS, the service is finally feature-complete, having been in public preview since March. What this means is that the company will soon be making WVD generally available.
Though Manchester didn’t give an ETA for release, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports her sources are suggesting a September release time frame, that would line up well with the one year window Microsoft alluded to when the service was first revealed in September last year.
According to the previous information provided by Microsoft, this will be a unique solution for those organizations looking to use Windows 7 beyond its end-of-life deadline of January 2020, as Microsoft will be providing free security updates for Windows 7 machines running on WVD until January 2023. In order to use the service, you will need to have an Azure subscription, though pricing for WVD itself is not yet known.