What you need to know
- Microsoft renamed Windows Virtual Desktop to Azure Virtual Desktop.
- With the name change, Microsoft announced enhanced support for Azure Active Directory in preview.
- Microsoft also announced a monthly per-user pricing option for delivering apps through Azure Virtual Desktops to external users.
Microsoft announced (opens in new tab) several changes and improvements to Windows Virtual Desktop today. Going forward, the service will now be known as Azure Virtual Desktop. With that new name comes a growing list of features and some new pricing options for delivering apps to external users.
Azure Virtual Desktop also gains public preview access to enhanced support for Azure Active Directory today. The Azure blog post explains:
Microsoft promises further integration with Azure Active Directory in the future, including single sign-on support, working with more credential types like FIDO 2, and support for Azure Files for cloud users.
You can now also manage Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session virtual machines with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and use a new streamlined onboarding process for Azure Virtual Desktop in the Azure portal. Both of these new features are in public preview.
Going forward, organizations will have the option to use monthly per-user access pricing options for delivering apps from the cloud to external users. Microsoft has a promotional period for this new pricing option that runs from July 14, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
During this promotion, there's no charge for access to Azure Virtual Desktop for streaming first or third-party apps to external users. Organizations still need to pay for underlying Azure infrastructure during the promotional period.
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This has absolutely nothing to do with Windows Virtual Desktops from your photo. They are talking about Azure hosted Windows Desktops. In preview they called it "Windows Virtual Desktop". It is not related to the Virtual Desktops part of the operating system that allows you to create multiple desktops for app management.
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