Microsoft announced their new Windows Virtual Desktop last year, but it’s in the news again. The developer is now opening the service publicly for any enterprise to try and find out whether it’s their cup of tea. The feature works only for Windows 10 and is supported by the Azure cloud service.
What Windows Virtual Desktop Is For
Microsoft cleared it up at the very beginning – this software is only useful for businesses. You won’t be able to play games there, nor will it help you organize your one PC or laptop. However, if you’re in a company with a lot of devices and tasks, this service is worth trying.
The Virtual Desktop allows access to Office 365 ProPlus and can unite the whole enterprise in one feature. It’s much easier to manage the machines present and connected, as well as the software they have, with this one desktop. It ensures data safety, which is a precious bonus for employers with lots of mobile workers.
Another special feature is that this virtual computer can work with several Windows 10 sessions at once. This is very helpful and freeing, and may aid lots of businesses in completing their tasks faster.
Supporting Technologies of Windows Virtual Desktop
Aside from the cloud storage Azure, the Virtual Desktop is partially working on the FSLogix technology. One of the most useful features powered by it is the quick access to Outlook and OneDrive for those employees who don’t usually use the desktop.
As to the rest of the customers, they will have full access anytime, as it’s included in the subscription fee their company will pay for the service. This isn’t where the money part finishes, though, because the employer will also have to pay for Azure cloud services, as they aren’t included in the main subscription, even though it’s the desktop’s main feature.
Where the Service Is Available
As usual, the first market is the United States, so Microsoft launches its Windows Virtual Desktop in the US Central and East 2 regions as to the Azure zone list. After some time, they will see how the service performs within these regions, analyze the data, and launch the desktop in other countries.
Also, this is only a preview, a demo of what such a system can be and how useful it may become for businesses. So no one knows yet how far this will go and how long it will take for the full version of the plan to be implemented by Microsoft.