Windows Virtual Desktop: Public Preview available

[German]Last week Microsoft released a public preview of the Windows Virtual Desktop. This allows to virtualize Windows 7 for mobile workplaces. Microsoft provides Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7 SP1 until 2023 free of charge for this platform.


Windows Virtual Desktop enables so-called desktop virtualization in corporate environments. The deployment can be done via Microsoft Azure (from the cloud), but also via On-Premise (via own servers), as you can read here. The announcement of the Windows Virtual Desktop was already made in September 2018 in this article. As part of Microsoft 365, Windows and Office can be virtualized via the Azure cloud and used by all devices (desktops, smartphones, etc.). 

Last week Microsoft launched the public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop. The product is aimed at companies that need to provide a certain number of virtualized desktops for mobile workstations. In Windows Virtual Desktop, Windows 7 or Windows 10 as well as Windows Server can run from 2012 R2 upwards as operating systems and Office as office software.

Among other things, a Microsoft 365 license (E3, E5, A3, A5, Business), a Windows 10 license (E3, E5, A3, A5) or a CAL license with Software Assurance (Windows Server) is required to use the Windows Virtual Desktop. Costs are billed based on the Azure resources consumed by the virtual machines. 

Free security updates for Windows 7

Windows Virtual Desktop is of interest for enterprise environments where Windows 7 SP1 and Office 2010 will be deployed beyond January 14, 2020. Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available for this operating system until 2023. Bleeping Computer has a few more details within this article.

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