Microsoft announces new capabilities for Windows Virtual Desktop at Ignite 2020

Microsoft had recently released a slew of updates for Windows Virtual Desktop as its usage spiked in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud allowing customers to enable secure, remote work.

The new capabilities included improved management and deployment tools, security and compliance enhancements, an upgraded Microsoft Teams user experience, and expanded support for cross-platform operating systems.

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft announced a new set of capabilities coming to Windows Virtual Desktop to accelerate remote work adoption.

  • Microsoft Endpoint Manager support for Windows 10 multisession will provide IT admins with the ability to manage and secure virtual desktops the same way as physical devices.
  • New integration with Azure Monitor, providing customers with a workbook that captures all the relevant monitoring insights and provides rich visualizations to identify and troubleshoot issues quickly. This is an important consideration for customers looking to monitor and troubleshoot easily while deploying virtual desktops at scale.
  • The ability to add application layers from the Azure portal, helping customers onboard applications quickly—with a few clicks, you can now deploy and publish applications for your employees.

Microsoft has shared that these new capabilities will be available by the end of the year.

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