On Monday of this week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) aimed at simplifying the deployment of virtual desktops while at the same time providing a less expensive licensing model.

Providing simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimised for Office 365 ProPlus and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS), together with other functionality, WVD has the potential for revolutionising the IT infrastructure market.

Consequently, the market for desktop virtualisation is expected to grow exponentially, especially at the SMB level.

Key benefits for organisations moving to WVD include:

  • Multiple Users – WVD makes the Windows 10 operating system available for virtual desktops, supporting multiple users connecting at the same time.
  • Significantly reduced IT infrastructure costs.
  • Simplified IT management.
  • A simplified Licensing Model with significantly reduced costs. For many organisations, licenses may already be included with other M365 products with no additional licensing fees being charged for WVD.
  • Microsoft will not be charging for the operating system or for providing the service, apart from the Azure subscription to run the virtual machine.
  • Simplified management of Virtual Desktops through the WVD management service provided at no additional charge.

While WVD provides a greatly simplified solution compared to previous options, it still requires a Microsoft Accredited Gold Partner, such as Bridgeall, to provision and deploy the WVD environment in Azure.

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