You may have heard some buzz lately about a new acronym in the tech world. It’s AVD, which stands for Azure Virtual Desktop and replaces the long-standing and familiar Windows Virtual Desktop or WVD as we all know it. But why the change? Why did Microsoft up and rebrand a tech household acronym like WVD, and more importantly, what has changed? Not too much. It is more of a "rebrand" or renaming of the technology. Read on to learn more about the minor changes to AVD and new subscription offerings.
Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD and formerly Windows Virtual Desktop, WVD) is a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud. AVD offers several options for your virtual apps and desktops; you can:
Azure Virtual Desktop is Microsoft's answer to organizations' needs to support an evolving set of remote and hybrid work scenarios. Microsoft has expanded its vision to become a flexible cloud VDI platform for nearly any use case—accessible from virtually anywhere to meet new hybrid work demands. The team at Microsoft knows that a modern VDI platform must first be secure, scalable, and easy to manage. At the same time, it also must deliver a seamless, high-performance experience to the end-user and empower organizations with the flexibility they require to customize and build solutions with its core technology.
AVD is the answer to the new needs of businesses everywhere. AVD brings some new capabilities, new pricing for app streaming, and of course, the new name Azure Virtual Desktop.
New platform capabilities for security and management
New pricing options for remote app streaming
Microsoft announced a monthly per-user access pricing option for organizations to use Azure Virtual Desktop to deliver apps from the cloud to external users. In addition to the monthly user price, organizations also pay for Azure infrastructure services based on usage.
The new per-user access pricing option will be effective on January 1, 2022. To help organizations get started now, Microsoft is offering a promotion with no charge to access Azure Virtual Desktop for streaming first-party or third-party applications to external users. This promotion is effective from July 14, 2021, to December 31, 2021.
Pricing for monthly user access rights effective on January 1, 2022, will be:
*The Promotion only applies to external user access rights. Organizations would continue to pay for the underlying Azure infrastructure and should continue to use existing Windows license entitlements, such as Microsoft 365 E3 or Windows E3 and higher, for app streaming to their employees. Details here pricing.