What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

By Bryan Timm

Windows virtual desktop enables secure, remote desktops, anywhere in the world.

In 2018, Microsoft announced its version of a cloud-based remote desktop service, Windows Virtual Desktop, otherwise known as WVD.

Prior to 2018, Microsoft, and many providers, relied on an on-premise solution to allow remote connections. An on-premise solution meant that the burden of the installation, maintenance, and cost were in the hands of the consumer.

Allowing a new cloud-based platform, in addition to traditional desktop services, means small and medium-sized businesses can now take advantage of remote desktop services, such as WVD. Previously, there was little incentive for SMBs to make the investment into Remote Desktop Solutions (RDS), or any other remote solution, as the cost outweighed most of the benefits. These same businesses can now utilize WVD, hosted through Azure, for a fraction of the price. They even offer the ability to virtualize Windows 7 machines, at no cost, through 2023.

Windows Virtual Desktop is accessible via the Remote Desktop client, supported on:

Why choose Windows Virtual Desktop as your remote desktop service?

Here are just a few of Windows Virtual Desktop benefits:

How does Windows Virtual Desktop work compared to traditional RDS?

Windows Virtual Desktop FAQs

WiFi Standard Common Name Max Speeds
WiFi 4 802.11n 600MB
WiFi 5 802.11ac 1.3GB
WiFi 6 802.11ax 10-12GB