Microsoft Teams calls on virtual desktops just got a lot better

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams recently gained A/V redirect that improves calls made with virtual desktops.
  • Azure portal integration is now available, which makes it easier to manage Windows Virtual Desktops.
  • These features were in preview from April and are now generally available.

Microsoft is rolling out two features (opens in new tab) that improve the virtual desktop experience. First, Azure portal integration is now generally available. The feature makes it easier to manage and deploy Windows Virtual Desktops. Second, A/V redirect is out and allows you to use local audio and video sources even when you're using Microsoft Teams on a Windows Virtual Desktop. These features have been in public preview since April but are now generally available.

Azure portal integration provides a clean interface for deploying and managing apps and virtual desktops. It makes managing these similar to managing other Azure resources. If you prefer the classic model, you can still use it to deploy and manage virtual desktops and applications.

You can also publish resources to Azure Active Directory groups instead of only being able to publish remote apps and desktops to individual users.

The new A/V redirect feature in Windows Virtual Desktop allows you to use audio and video locally for Microsoft Teams calls and meetings. Using call apps like Teams can be awkward or clunky inside of virtual desktops due to latency issues but redirecting the audio and video of calls to a local device fixes that problem.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).