Microsoft Releases Azure-Based Windows Virtual Desktop DaaS Technical Preview
… existing on-premises deployments for maximum flexibility in your cloud adoption.”
Pete Downing, chief marketing and technology officer at XenTegra, tested the WVD preview and said the inclusion of FSlogix will lend itself to extending into Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. “From a partnership point of view, we can we can definitely build a lot of great solutions around this and then we can plug it into our MSP offering and really enhance the end to end Azure story with Citrix,” Downing said.
While WVD will appeal to those looking to move their on-premises VDI datacenter infrastructure to Azure, Microsoft is also touting it as an option for those who want to continue running their Windows 7 environments after mainstream support for the OS officially ends next January.
Customers who have legacy applications or other reasons for needing to remain on Windows 7, will have to pay Microsoft a significant monthly fee to continue receiving patches and security updates. According to Microsoft, WVD will include those patches until 2023. WVD will virtualize Windows 7 desktops with free Extended Security Updates (ESU).