Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD),[1] is a Microsoft Azure-based system for virtualizing its Windows operating systems, providing virtualized desktops and applications securely in the cloud (over the Internet).[2][3] It is aimed at enterprise customers rather than at individual users.[4]

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)
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TypeDesktop virtualization service
Launch dateSeptember 2019; 3 years ago (2019-09)
Operating system(s)Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and HTML5 web browsers
WebsiteOfficial Site

WVD was first announced by Microsoft in September 2018,[5] available as a public preview in March 2019,[6] and generally available at the end of September 2019.[7]

Azure Virtual Desktop with Windows 10/11 Enterprise Multi-Session is a cost-effective cloud-based alternative to on-premise Remote Desktop Server (RDS).[8] AVD is deployed in Azure Cloud as a virtual machine. License costs are already included in several Microsoft 365 subscriptions, including Microsoft 365 Business Premium or Microsoft 365 E3.

Availability / CompatibilityEdit

Azure Virtual Desktop supports Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10 single-session, Windows 7 single-session, Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer operating systems.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (June 7, 2021). "Microsoft rebrands WVD as 'Azure Virtual Desktop'; adds new app-streaming pricing option". ZDNet. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  2. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (September 30, 2019). "Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop service is now generally available". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  3. ^ Alspach, Kyle (30 September 2019). "5 Things To Know About Microsoft's 'Revolutionary' Windows Virtual Desktop". CRN. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  4. ^ Speed, Richard. "An unbearable itch to migrate your OS to the cloud? You might have a case of Windows VD". The Register. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  5. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft to bring multi-user virtualization to Windows and Office with Windows Virtual Desktop service". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  6. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft delivers public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  7. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  8. ^ "Windows 10/11 Multi-Session". Sylbek. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Azure Virtual Desktop | Microsoft Azure". Retrieved 2022-03-10.

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