Windows Virtual Desktop doesn’t limit enterprises to Microsoft for VDI

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) takes the infrastructure out of VDI without requiring enterprises to switch away from other vendors’ management tools that they’re comfortable with, and extends virtualisation beyond current niche use cases.

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Lots of enterprises want VDI without the burden of running their own infrastructure, says Microsoft 365 corporate vice president Brad Anderson. “They’re saying ‘hey, we want out of the business of having to build this infrastructure, we want to do it all from cloud’. And they would prefer to do it from Microsoft’s Cloud because then they have the builder of the operating system, the builder of the tool, the builder of the cloud all in one stack and it’s just far more simple for them. I want to move to the cloud, Office is the most commonly virtualized app on the planet, I’m already using Microsoft management, and I’m increasingly using Microsoft security. This is the best integrated solution for me.”

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That simplicity is more than having only one organization to go to with support problems. Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service, now generally available, comes with some obvious advantages — including usage rights included in Windows E3 and Office 365 Pro Plus licences for the only multi-user cloud VDI where you don’t have to pay for hardware dedicated to your clients. You also get three free years of extended security updates for Windows 7, if you’re not going to have your migration done by January 2020.


Microsoft manages a lot of the VDI solution for you, so you don’t have to provision, manage, maintain and patch those infrastructure roles yourself.