One of the more substantial announcements at Ignite 2018 was Microsoft's reveal of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), which would allow you to run Windows 7 and Windows 10, as well as Office apps in a virtual machine in the cloud.
We are feature complete with #WVD and will be moving to the final phase for GA. Spin up your VMs and start testing your scenarios. Got issues? Engage our community: https://t.co/2amQHtQqwI #WVD #Azure #Microsoft— Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) August 13, 2019
Now, according to Scott Manchester, the company's Group Manager for WVD and RDS, the service is finally feature-complete, having been in public preview since March. What this means is that the company will soon be making WVD generally available.
While Manchester didn't give an ETA for release, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports her sources are suggesting a September release time frame. That would line up well with the one year window Microsoft alluded to when the service was first revealed in September last year.
Based on previous information provided by Microsoft, this will be a unique solution for those organisations looking to use Windows 7 beyond its end-of-life deadline of January 2020, as Microsoft will be providing free security updates for Windows 7 machines running on WVD until January 2023. In order to use the service, you will need to have an Azure subscription, though pricing for WVD itself is not yet known.