The best Microsoft and Office 365 experience on virtual desktops, is how Microsoft describes the Windows Virtual Desktop service introduced last year. What distinguishes this VDI solution from the competition? And how do your customers benefit from Windows Virtual Desktop?
Windows Virtual Desktop is Microsoft’s new cloud service for virtualizing desktops and applications. It is the successor to Remote Desktop Services (RDS). An important difference with RDS is that every user with Windows Virtual Desktop gets its own Windows 10 environment. The service also runs on the highly reliable cloud platform Azure.
5 Advantages of Windows Virtual Desktop
Multisession enables cost savings
Windows Virtual Desktop is the only Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution with multisession Windows 10 support. This means that multiple people can use the same Windows 10 virtual system, each with their own login and thus their own desktop environment.
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As a result, there is less overhead; organizations do not have to set up a complete Windows 10 installation for every employee. Because fewer Azure resources are required, your customers can save considerably on costs.
Simplifies migration, deployment, and management
A Windows Virtual Desktop implementation takes less time than a traditional VDI implementation. Management has also been greatly simplified because Microsoft maintains and protects the platform. IT administrators, therefore, do not have to install (security) patches and updates for the infrastructure. In addition, switching users is faster.
For example, if an employee leaves, the data on his PC can be transferred to another user. Using standard configurations, a new employee on the same device has its own virtual desktop within minutes. Microsoft also provides tools to migrate from RDS environments.
Savings on hardware and consumption
With Windows Virtual Desktop, your customer’s workplaces run completely in the cloud. Large investments in servers and other hardware components are no longer necessary, and users’ devices do not have to meet stringent requirements in terms of storage capacity and processor power.
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This makes a difference in purchase and maintenance costs. Windows Virtual Desktop also gives your customer more control over usage costs. This includes simple upscaling of capacity at peak times such as busy office days and downscaling on weekends and during holidays.
Full support for Office 365
Windows Virtual Desktop works perfectly with Office 365. All the functionalities, main parts, and supporting tools of this widely used office suite are not only available in a desktop created with Windows Virtual Desktop, but also work exactly as they do in a regular Windows environment. That 100% compatibility is not feasible with traditional VDI solutions.
The lack of good Office 365 support is also a known drawback of RDS environments. For example, the OneDrive client is not supported on Windows Servers, so remote desktop users can only use OneDrive via the web browser.
Extensive integration with Azure
Although Windows Virtual Desktop runs on Azure servers, according to Microsoft it was not originally a real Azure service. It seems to be now with a major spring update. Windows Virtual Desktop is integrated with Azure Resource Manager (ARM), a management tool for various Azure cloud services.
This has several advantages in terms of implementation and management. The spring update also brings other updates, such as improved user experience for Microsoft Teams and extended support for cross-platform operating systems.
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This is just a sampling of the benefits of Windows Virtual Desktop for your customers. Curious about the possibilities? Ask questions through comments.