What's new in Windows Virtual Desktop for June 2021


We have just updated our What's new in Windows Virtual Desktop document for changes made to the service in June 2021.

Windows Virtual Desktop is now Azure Virtual Desktop

To better align with our vision of a flexible cloud desktop and remote application platform, we've renamed Windows Virtual Desktop to Azure Virtual Desktop. Learn more at the announcement post in our blog.


EU, UK, and Canada geographies are now generally available

Metadata service for the European Union, UK, and Canada is now in general availability. These new locations are very important to data sovereignty outside the US. For more information, see our blog post.


The Getting Started tool is now in public preview

We created the Azure Virtual Desktop Getting Started tool to make the deployment process easier for first-time users. By simplifying and automating the deployment process, we hope this tool will help make adopting Azure Virtual Desktop faster and more accessible to a wider variety of users. Learn more at our blog post.


Azure Virtual Desktop pricing calculator updates

We've made some significant updates to improve the Azure Virtual Desktop pricing experience on the Azure pricing calculator, including the following:

  • We've updated the service name to Azure Virtual Desktop
  • We also updated the layout with the following new items:
    • A Storage section with both managed disk and file storage bandwidth
    • A custom section that shows cost-per-user

You can access the pricing calculator at this page.


Single Sign-on (SSO) using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)

The AD FS single-sign on feature is now generally available. This feature lets customers use AD FS to give a single sign-on experience for users on the Windows and web clients. For more information, see Configure AD FS single sign-on for Azure Virtual Desktop.


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