Azure Virtual Desktop

June 10th, 2021 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service is now called “Azure Virtual Desktop,” or AVD, to indicate that it is intended to be “a flexible cloud VDI platform for nearly any use case — accessible from virtually anywhere.

Windows Virtual Desktop, commercially launched in September 2019, to let organizations remotely access true Windows 10 and Windows 7 desktops, as well as applications, which are hosted in virtual machines on Azure datacenters. This virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) approach brings the benefits of centralized management and the option to use thin-client devices. It was both complex to set it up, with the added ae complexities of overseeing Azure hosting costs.

The added flexibility and the AVD name change hints that Windows may not be the only operating system hosted.

In addition to the name change, the announcement described some new capabilities coming to the AVD service, mostly at the preview stage. Microsoft plans to further discuss some of these in a June 18 Web presentation.

One of the enhancements is a new per-user AVD pricing option for organizations, which will be available starting on Jan. 1, 2022. With this option, organizations can offer streaming applications to their external “customers and business partners” something that independent software vendors might want to do.

The cost on Jan. 1, 2022 for this per-user option will be $5.50 per user per month, or $10 per user per month if organizations also want to include the use of the desktop OS. Also, there will be Azure hosting costs to pay.

A no-cost promotional offering of this per-user AVD service for external users will be available from July 14, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021, the announcement indicated.

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