Microsoft today released Windows Virtual Desktop on 30 September and is launching the new service globally. The company is also offering some additional new features for Azure-based virtualization service.
Microsoft officially announced Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in September of 2018 and released it for the first time in March on 2019.
According to Microsoft, thousands of its customers have tried WVD in the preview of the service. The service is ready for the first time today and the WVD client application is available today for Windows, Android, Mac, iOS and HTML 5 platforms.
Windows Virtual Desktop is a new service that provides Windows 10 virtualization, along with multiple 10 connection capabilities as well as desktop support and Windows Server RDS applications.
In short, the new WVD service will allow users to virtualize Windows 7, 8, 10, Office 365 ProPlus applications and other third-party applications by running them remotely on Azure virtual machines.
Microsoft will also enable WVD users to virtualize on Windows 7 - with free Extended Update Update support until January at 2023.
This means that company customers who have licensed (purchased) Windows Virtual Desktop will continue to receive security updates for Windows 7 even after Microsoft's official support ceases after January 14, without any additional cost.
"VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) is one of the top ten services," said Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365.
"Companies want to move to loud and WVD is really the only way to run Windows 10 clients, with many users in the public cloud."