Microsoft’s Big Bet on Virtualized Desktops Reaches Public Preview

Last year at Ignite, Microsoft announced a private preview of their upcoming service, Windows Virtual Desktop, and today, the company is making it available publicly. While it’s not quite ready for production environments, the company is now ready to let anyone who wants to dip their toes into the service, test it out in their own environments.   Windows Virtual Desktop is a new cloud service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience which is optimized to work with Office 365 Pro Plus. The new offering makes it significantly easier to scale Windows 10 and Office deployments on Azure and comes with built-in security and compliance.

With the end of Windows 7 support occurring in January of 2020, Microsoft is targeting to have this new service online for production use in the second half of 2019. If you do migrate to this service to virtualize Windows 7, the company will provide ‘free’ extended security updates for that version of Windows to help ease the migration challenges as you move to Windows 10 and a virtualized environment. Of course, you will be paying for the desktop service, so those updates are not free, but this is an easier way to prolong moving away from that OS for those who are behind on their migrations.