Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure is now available in public preview, providing virtual desktop and app virtualisation services. Here at Softcat, we’ve been eagerly anticipating this release and the increased flexibility and simplicity it offers, alongside its many other benefits to support the development of a fully scalable environment.
Windows Virtual Desktop Preview gives users easy and secure access to their virtualised desktops and remote apps in the cloud, rather than having to run them locally.
It offers simplified management and is currently the only multi-session Windows 10 desktop virtualised in the cloud. Optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus mean increased productivity for users, and there’s support for migrating your Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment. You’ll find that you can quickly deploy and scale your Windows desktops as well as modern and legacy apps on Azure, and access its built-in security and compliance features for simple and straight-forward management.
If you have an existing eligible Windows 10 Enterprise licence, you’ll be able to access Windows 10 or 7 Enterprise with no additional sign-up fee. If you’re an eligible RDS or Client Access Licence customer, you will be able to access desktops powered by Windows Server Remote Desktop Services with no additional registration fees incurred. You only pay for what you use; the Azure compute, storage and networking for the virtual machines.
There are also some cost-saving pre-pay options which may work out better for you than the pay-as-you-go pricing. These Reserved Virtual Machine Instances last one or three years, but are flexible and can be exchanged or returned.
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