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Run Windows in the cloud with Microsoft's new Windows Virtual Desktop

By Shawn Knight
Sep 24, 2018
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  1. Microsoft at its Ignite conference in Orlando on Monday announced Windows Virtual Desktop, a multi-user Windows and Office experience virtualized in the cloud via Azure.

    The service allows users to run Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2012 R2+. It’s optimized for Office 365 ProPlus should your end-users need access to those productivity-minded apps and if you’re still working to transition to Windows 10, the Windows 7 virtual desktop offers free Extended Security Updates.

    Microsoft is also working with a number of partners including CloudJumper, Citrix, FSLogix, Lakeside Software, Liquidware, ThinPrint and People Tech Group to extend the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop through the Azure marketplace.

    Microsoft says users can deploy and scale in minutes, pitching the service as a way for IT professionals to eliminate the hassles associated with hosting, installing, configuring and managing components themselves.

    Windows Virtual Desktop will be available to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education customers through a public preview set to launch later this year. Customers will simply need to create or use an existing Azure subscription to deploy and manage virtual desktops and apps. Microsoft notes that the only additional cost incurred will be for storage and compute consumption from the VMs themselves, all of which will be managed from within your Azure subscription.

    Additional details are pending although according to Ars Technica, Microsoft estimates that a typical task worker with Office 365 will cost about $10 per month in Azure resources.

    Those interested in learning more can register to be notified when the public preview becomes available.

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  2. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 881   +427

    "Microsoft says users can deploy and scale in minutes, pitching the service as a way for IT professionals to eliminate the hassles associated with hosting, installing, configuring and managing components themselves."

    They don't say that the only thing users cant do is continue using their system after their internet is going down, after they decide to live just a bit away from any industrial area that has anything better than dsl internet. Any problems with Microsoft servers will transfer to inability to use this system. They forget to mention that this system "can" always have the feeling of at least slight lag associated with using anything located remotely.
    Not to mention the most ingenious thing Microsoft has come up with: office 365.
    How can we make office make us more money, even more if everybody updates each time we release a new version? Monthly subscription which will be 2 times more than the new version every time it is out!
     
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  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +1,280

    LOL, told ya so. Everyone with a lick of sense knows this is what MS has been moving towards for a long time. Put everything on the cloud, so we can data mine even more, and force everything into a subscription based environment.
     
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  4. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Addict Posts: 149   +116

    Put everything on the internet where it's safe and secure.
     

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