Microsoft rebrands Windows Virtual Desktop as Azure Virtual Desktop

Microsoft’s virtual desktop infrastructure platform has been rebranded under the Azure name and notified of new security and management capabilities that are currently under preview. Formerly known as the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), the platform will now be known as Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Microsoft said in an official statement on the 6th of June 2021.

The organization has also launched early access to several features in Azure Virtual Desktop – The flexible cloud VDI platform for the hybrid workplace, to enhance its security and management system, like the new and improved Azure Active directory support.

A handful of selected users of the AVD will have vastly improved support for Azure Active Directory, which is responsible for managing security controls and user access to apps and data. Soon, users will have the ability to enrol virtual machines automatically with Microsoft Endpoint Manager, thus, not only making the deployment easier but also reducing the need for a domain controller.

Another added feature that has been seen in the preview is the ability to link the AVD virtual machines to Azure Active Directory which will essentially allow its users to connect with the virtual machine from any properly approved device.

An exciting onboarding experience in the Azure portal will begin an automated deployment of a Virtual Desktop environment. Another interesting news is that now the independent software vendors can pay a monthly per-user access price to use AVD to deliver apps for customers to stream as opposed to the previous system which included just internal employees.

It is important to highlight that since last year there has been a noticeable spike in the number of Windows Virtual Desktop users due to the ongoing pandemic. To know more about it click here.

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