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Windows Virtual Desktop with Support for Virtual Windows 7 Desktop

Microsoft introduced at present that Windows Virtual Desktop is now generally available worldwide. The service supports a multi-session Windows 10 experience, has optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and supports Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Windows Virtual Desktop was introduced last year and entered into preview in March of 2019. Microsoft expands upon the release in a blog post.

Along with offering a multi-session Windows 10 experience, Windows Virtual Desktop can be used for Windows 7 applications. Extended support for Windows 7 ends in January, however users can legacy applications utilizing Windows Virtual Desktop to virtualize Windows 7 desktops. Free Extended Security Updates can be available via this method until January 2023, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft has focused on virtual technologies for years, and took that further via its acquisition of FSLogix. FSLogix improves Office when running in virtual environments. Microsoft shared that “all FSLogix tools are now absolutely integrated into Windows Virtual Desktops.”

Microsoft additionally introduced several other expansions of Windows Virtual Desktop, including Citrix having the ability to extend Windows Virtual Desktop worldwide and VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure extending Windows Virtual Desktops later this year.

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