Windows Virtual Desktop Announcements

Last week was dominated by Microsoft’s announcement that Windows Virtual Desktop including Windows 10 Enterprise with multi-user capabilities is in public preview now. For those who don’t know what Windows Virtual Desktop is, I want to recommend to check out http://aka.ms/wvd. What’s important to know is that any user who has either of the following licenses is entitled to use Windows Virtual Desktop.

  • Microsoft 365 E3/A3
  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5
  • Microsoft F1 Business
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
  • Windows 10 Education A3/A5
  • Windows 10 VDA per user

Last November, Microsoft acquired FSLogix. All four FSLogix product modules (Profile & Office 365 Container and App Masking/Java Control) have now been put to work in Windows Virtual Desktop, in particular to enable faster load times for non-persistent or pooled desktops. Any user with a Windows Virtual Desktop entitlement or an RDS CAL is eligible for the entire FSLogix suite. That’s pretty much everyone who has access to a remote desktop, hosted in Azure, in AWS, in GCP and on-premises. This is exciting news!

All these entitlements will take effect later this year (hopefully soon). A rebranded FSLogix suite will be released alongside the general availability of Windows Virtual Desktop. An important detail of the FSLogix integration into Remote Desktop Services is that Profile Containers will replace User Profile Disks as the default technology for redirecting user profiles.

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