Microsoft renames Windows Virtual Desktop to Azure Virtual Desktop, will launch new features
At a Glance
Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop will now be known as Azure Virtual Desktop. A set of new features will be launched to provide a flexible, virtually accessible cloud VDI platform for all end-users with different use cases. Some features include a QuickStart service and new pricing options for remote app streaming.
In a move to provide a flexible, virtually accessible cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) platform for nearly all use cases, Microsoft has changed the name of Windows Virtual Desktop to Azure Virtual Desktop. The name change is accompanied by a set of new features, to be launched soon, to facilitate easy usage of the Azure Virtual Desktop.
Why this move?
According to Kam VedBrat, GM for Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), there is a dire need for organizations to extend support to the evolving set of remote, hybrid work scenarios caused by the COVID-19 pandemic-induced cloud and digital transition. Windows Virtual Desktop had provided remote workers with a secure and productive personal computing experience, but the demands are changing now.
There is a need to provide a secure, scalable, and easy to manage modern VDI platform capable of delivering a seamless, high-performance experience to end-users to meet growing hybrid work demands.
“It (VDI) should also empower organizations with the flexibility to customize and build solutions with its core technology. To support this broader vision and the changing needs of our customers, today we are announcing new capabilities, new pricing for app streaming, and changing the name of the Windows Virtual Desktop service to Azure Virtual Desktop.” Mr. VedBrat wrote in his blog post.
Among the new features is the enhanced support for Azure Active Directory (AAD), which will soon be out for public preview. Users will join the AVD virtual machines directly to the AAD, facilitating connecting with virtual machines from any devices having primary connections.
There is a QuickStart service, also to be out for public preview soon, allowing users to set up a complete AVD environment with just a few clicks under their Azure subscription. QuickStart and AAD asunder, new pricing options for remote app streaming are also in the additions. Alongside monthly user price for AVD, organizations can also pay for Azure Infrastructure on a usage basis.
Today, we are pleased to announce a monthly per-user access pricing option for organizations to use Azure Virtual Desktop to deliver apps from the cloud to external (non-employee) users. For example, this would enable software vendors to deliver their app as a SaaS solution that their customers can access,Kam VedBrat, GM for Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)