Microsoft readies Office for virtual desktop offerings, such as Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft readies Office for virtual desktop offerings, such as Windows Virtual Desktop 1

Microsoft includes new capabilities to Office to enhance its use in virtualized environments, including its coming Windows Virtual Desktop service. The changes announced these days affect Office 365 Pro Plus, Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams. Microsoft acquired its former partner FSLogix in November 2018. At that point, officials said they deliberate in applying the agency’s technology to improve Office 365 virtualization. However, in a weblog post today, July 1, Microsoft officials said that the FSLogix container generation, which Microsoft has integrated with Office apps in digital environments from Microsoft, Citrix, and VMWare, can be had no additional value for Microsoft 365 commercial enterprise clients.

Those included underneath the no-extra-price plan are users with Microsoft 365 E3/E5/A3/A5/F1 and Business; Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5; Windows 10 Education A3/A5; Windows 10 VDA in line with the consumer; and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) licenses. Windows Virtual Desktop customers aren’t indexed right here because the WVD provider continues to be in preview and now not to be had but commercially. Microsoft officers have said WVD may be available later this 12 months.

Microsoft officers stated today that “within the coming months,” Windows Server 2019 will support OneDrive Files On-Demand to be used with virtualized Office apps. Microsoft additionally could be assisting Office 365 ProPlus strolling on Windows Server 2019 for you to take advantage of these coming Files On-Demand competencies with Windows Server 2019.


Microsoft additionally has made improvements to how Office apps consisting of Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams will work in digital environments, which it lists in a trendy blog publish. Teams will be getting aid for Windows Virtual Desktop, performance enhancements, and optimized caching for non-continual settings in the destiny, in keeping with the latest submit. (No time-frame was supplied, but Calling and Meetings in Teams might be getting audio/video media optimization, something Microsoft is doing with Citrix, “in the coming months.”)

Windows Virtual Desktop, or WVD, is a coming Microsoft service that offers multi-session Windows 10 and assists for Windows Server RDS desktop and apps. WVD will permit users to virtualize Windows 7 and 10, Office 365 ProPlus apps, and other third-birthday celebration packages by walking them remotely in Azure digital machines. Microsoft officially introduced WVD at its Ignite show in September, remaining yr. Additionally, Microsoft released a public preview of WVD in March 2019.

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