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Microsoft 365 has announced Windows Virtual Desktop. This desktop should provide a virtual experience of Windows and Office from Azure. In its own words, it is the only cloud-based service that provides a multi-user Windows 10 experience, which is also optimized for Office 365 ProPlus.

With Windows Virtual Desktop it is no longer necessary to install, host, configure and manage components such as storage, rich diagnostics, advanced networking and gateway. This should make it possible to deploy Windows and Office on Azure and scale them up or down within a few minutes. Also, the desktop has free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates.

The environment also supports the Microsoft Store and existing Windows apps. The service also lets users virtualize both desktops and apps. This makes it possible to choose to offer users a full desktop experience, or only to deliver specific apps.

All security features of Microsoft 365 are included in Windows Virtual Desktop. These include conditional access, data loss prevention and integrated management.


Because companies often have their own requirements and wishes, Microsoft 365 has chosen to make the platform so that it is easy to expand. Partners can, for example, offer their services via the Azure marketplace. These include Citrix, CloudJumper, FSLogix, Lakeside Software, Liquidware, People Tech Group and ThinPrint.

The Windows Virtual Desktop is available for users of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education. After signing up for the service, users only need to open an Azure account. Existing subscriptions can also be used. Microsoft 365 does charge some extra costs for storage and computer consumption.

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