Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is now available worldwide as the company has finally announced its release for a global audience. WVD is Azure-based virtualising software for Windows and Office users with the added benefit of multi-session Windows 10 experiences.
Unlike the preview version, this final version of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is not limited to US alone and offers a superior video-conferencing experience.
According to Tech Crunch quoting Scott Manchester (Chief Engineering Lead of WVD), around 20,000 companies had signed up for the preview release earlier.
Microsoft is learnt to have acquired a specialisation firm called “FSLogix” for further development of virtualised Windows environments in WVD to enhance the overall user experience.
According to Brad Anderson, Corporate VP of Microsoft 365, the convenience of sharing resources and data on the cloud is being sorely missed as several enterprises are contemplating the idea of mirroring the cloud experience on their desktop versions.
Ensuring that the virtual desktop services are available 24×7 is apparently more critical than the functionality of cloud services as everything depends on the former’s availability.
Anderson opines that Windows Virtual Desktop alone can offer the capability of deploying multi-session Windows 10 environment in the cloud due to the existing licensing constraints.
“We’ve built the operating system, we built the public cloud, so that combination is going to be unique and this gives us the ability to make sure that that Windows 10 experience is the absolute best on top of that public cloud,” he adds.
The FSLogix acquisition has enabled Microsoft to optimise its Office Outlook’s user experience with faster load times than ever before.
Microsoft has already announced the end-of-life support for Windows 7 security updates. Consequently, users will have to switch to virtualised Windows 7 desktops in order to get the future security updates until January 2023.
Corporate and enterprise firms can avail WVD services on both Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 7 Enterprise editions for free on all eligible systems (without extra licensing cost).