Originally announced in September September, Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service has now been published.
The service brings together single-user Windows 7 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and multi-user Windows 1
As another great sweetener, Windows 7 users receive ESU (Extended Security Updates) at no additional cost every three years. This contrasts with local deployments that cost either $ 25 / $ 50 / $ 100 in the three years with ESU availability or $ 50 / $ 100 / $ 200, depending on the exact Windows license used.
The virtual desktops will also provide special benefits for Office 365 users. Last November, Microsoft acquired a company called FSLogix, which develops software for streamlining applications in virtualized environments. Outlook (with its offline data store) and OneDrive (with its synchronized file system) represent special challenges for virtual desktops, as both applications store large amounts of data on the client machine, which they expect to continue over the VM restarts and redistributions. FSLogix software allows you to store these items on separate disk images that are seamlessly grafted onto the implemented virtual machine. WVD will use this software for clients running Office 365.
Microsoft has also worked with Samsung to pair Galaxy phones with Dex Pad for Windows Thin clients.
The preview is available in US East 2 and US Central Azure regions; for general availability, it will be available in all regions.