Windows Virtual Desktop
Enable a secure, remote desktop experience from anywhere
Access your desktop and apps from anywhere
Set up Windows Virtual Desktop in minutes to enable secure remote work. Provide the familiarity and compatibility of Windows 10 with the new scalable multi-session experience for your end users and save costs by using the same Windows licences. Manage your end-to-end Windows Virtual Desktop deployment alongside other Azure services within the Azure portal.
Deliver Windows 10 desktops on any device, anywhere
Provide employees with the best virtualised experience with the only solution fully optimised for Windows 10 and Office 365.
Built-in intelligent security
Keep your apps and data secure and compliant with security capabilities that can proactively detect threats and take remedial action.
Deploy and scale in minutes
Simplify deployment and management of your infrastructure and quickly scale based on your business needs.
Reduce cost using existing licences
Use existing licences to save costs with a modern cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and only pay for what you use.
Access Windows 10 desktop and apps from anywhere, on any device.
Regardless of your device type (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or any other device with an HTML5 web client) bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and remote connect to your enterprise experience with Windows Virtual Desktop. ITs can pick whatever Azure VM will meet their team's needs and leverage the Windows 10 multi-session advantage that only Azure offers. With Windows 10 multi-session, you can run multiple concurrent user interactive sessions easily with the same deployment for more cost efficiency.
Leverage the seamless Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Office experience
Provide employees with the same experience as a local desktop or laptop – whether you are managing your inbox with Outlook, sharing files on OneDrive or collaborating with colleagues on Microsoft Teams meetings.
No additional licence costs – Windows Virtual Desktop is a free service and can be used with your existing Microsoft 365 or Windows per-user license.
Reduce infrastructure costs by right sizing VMs and shutting down VMs in use. Increase utilisation of VMs with Windows 10 multi-session. Avoid upfront costs and align operational expenses to business usage.
Reduce management overhead by moving all of your VDI into a managed service in the cloud.
Deploy and scale quickly with Azure portal
The Azure portal is your management hub for Windows Virtual Desktop. Configure network, deploy desktop and enable security with a few clicks. Set up automated scaling with Logic Apps and manage your images efficiently with Azure image gallery. You focus on your desktop apps and policies and Azure will focus on managing the rest.See Windows Virtual Desktop pricing
Modernise your Citrix and VMWare virtual desktop infrastructure
Maximise investments and skills with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop service and VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to integrate Windows Virtual Desktop into existing desktop and app virtualisation environments.
In addition to support for hybrid deployments, a centralised management and advanced tooling, Citrix and VMware customers can rapidly deploy Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session on Azure virtual machines.
Why trust Windows Virtual Desktop?
- Securely store all of your employee and company data in Azure instead of local desktops
- Leverage Azure security offering such as Azure Firewall, Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender ATP for end-to-end security from the endpoint to the apps
Dynamic policy engines
- Use conditional access to manage risks before you grant users access to your Windows Virtual Desktop environment
- Setup multi-factor authentication for secure login
- Protect your Azure infrastructure by enabling role-based access control (RBAC) and detect threats using Azure Security Center
- Take advantage of Windows Virtual Desktop compliance certifications including ISO 27001, 27018 and 27701, PCI, FedRAMP High for Commercial and HIPAA
Reduce cost with Windows Virtual Desktop
Windows Virtual Desktop is a free service and can be used with your existing Microsoft 365 or Windows per-user licence. There are no additional licence costs.
Save on infrastructure and IT overhead by moving all of your VDI into a managed service in the cloud.
Windows Virtual Desktop resources and documentation
Customers using Windows Virtual Desktop
Keep critical services operating during COVID-19 with remote solutions
Dwamelle McGill: Systems Engineer, Georgia Office of the State Treasurer
"Windows Virtual Desktop provides more flexibility for the agency, more availability in case of disaster recovery, and security capabilities like encryption all the way down to the kernel, that we couldn't get from other solutions."
NYC Department of Environmental Protection connects employees
Farhan Abdullah, IT Director, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
"Our help desk was going crazy. Windows Virtual Desktop helped us connect employees without a company laptop use their own devices and still have the full desktop experience."
Windows Virtual Desktop updates, blogs and announcements
Windows Virtual Desktop is now generally available in the Azure Government cloud
FastTrack for Azure now supports Windows Virtual Desktop
Windows Virtual Desktop is now available in the Azure Government cloud (in preview)
Remote Desktop client for Android now supports Windows Virtual Desktop connections
Windows Virtual Desktop Azure portal and Microsoft Teams integrations are generally available
27 July, 2020
New Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities now generally available
Windows Virtual Desktop media optimisation for Microsoft Teams is now available in preview
Frequently asked questions about Windows Virtual Desktop
The virtual desktop infrastructure including broker, gateway, load balancer, diagnostics etc. is managed by Windows Virtual Desktop.
You only need to focus on your virtual desktop and apps, and any policies you need for governance.
Windows Virtual Desktop supports Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10 single-session, Windows 7 single-session and Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer operating systems.