Since we announced the preview of Windows Virtual Desktop in March, thousands of customers have piloted the service, providing valuable feedback and insights for Microsoft to integrate into the service. Today, we are excited to announce the worldwide general availability of Windows Virtual Desktop. It is the only service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes.
Now available in all geographies, customers will be able to deploy scalable Azure-based virtualization solutions with a number of operating systems, including Windows 10 multi-session, Windows Server, and Windows 7 desktops with free Extended Security Updates for up to three years for customers still completing their move to Windows 10. We have also been working closely to build out an extensive partner ecosystem that can extend the benefits and capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop to enable customers to get the most of out their virtualization investments.
With the appropriate license, simply set up an Azure subscription to get started today. You can choose the type of virtual machines and storage for your environment and optimize your costs by taking advantage of Azure Virtual Machine Reserved Instances to save up to 80 percent. Use the new Windows Virtual Desktop pricing calculator to estimate the cost of operating your environment on Azure.
Read more about the announcement in our Microsoft 365 General Availability blog published today by Brad Anderson and Takeshi Numoto.