Microsoft is making Windows Virtual Desktop generally on September 30 and is rolling out the new service globally on Day 1. The company also is offering more details about some of the additional new features it is readying for its Azure-based virtualization service. Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in September 2018. It made WVD available in public preview in March 2019. According to Microsoft, thousands of customers have kicked the WVD tires during preview.
Microsoft is rebranding its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service as "Azure Virtual Desktop." At the same time, the company is introducing a new ISV/per-user pricing option and taking the wraps off a bunch of new manageability and security features coming soon. WVD, an Azure-based service, enables users to virtualize their Windows desktop, Office apps, and other third-party applications by running them remotely in Azure virtual machines. Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in September 2018 and made it generally available a year later. On June 7, Microsoft officials unveiled the new, now-AVD-branded capabilities that Microsoft is readying to "establish broader outlines for the product," in the words of Kam VedBrat, General Manager of AVD.
On July 27, Microsoft announced it had completed a milestone in its test of using hydrogen fuel cells to replace diesel. Microsoft officials have said the company is planning to eliminate its dependency on diesel fuel by 2030, the same year it is aiming to be carbon negative. Microsoft officials noted in a blog post today that diesel fuel currently accounts for less than one percent of Microsoft's overall emissions. Its use is primarily within Azure datacenters for diesel-powered generators that can be used during power outages and other disruptions. Recently, hydrogen fuel cell costs have plummeted, making them an economically viable alternative to diesel powered options, officials said.
Microsoft Azure is a broad, ever-expanding set of cloud-based computing services that are available to businesses, developers, government agencies, and anyone who wants to build an app or run an enterprise on the internet without having to manage hardware. It has been the fastest-growing business segment for Microsoft in recent years and will probably overtake Windows in terms of revenue within two or three years. Azure is a strong second among cloud providers, well behind Amazon Web Services but well ahead of any other competition. Microsoft announced Azure in 2008. It made its public debut two years later, in February 2010, as Windows Azure and was rebranded as Microsoft Azure in 2014.
This year at Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing a set of new capabilities across Power Platform that enable business users (Citizen Developers), business analysts, IT admins, and professional developers to build and deliver applications faster and more cost-effectively. Be sure to watch our featured sessions--What's next for the Microsoft Power Platform and Driving a Data Culture with Power BI for a deep dive into these capabilities, as well the news story and featured session for Dynamics 365 for a comprehensive view of innovation across Microsoft Business Applications that can drive innovation and customer excellence across the organization. Since first introducing RPA in Microsoft Power Automate at Ignite in 2019, hundreds of thousands of organizations have adopted Power Automate and are now automating billions of actions each month. In 2020, we introduced Power Automate Desktop, which extended automation capabilities in Power Automate to on-premises processes and local desktop tasks. Today, we are continuing this momentum by announcing that Power Automate Desktop, which offers RPA capabilities that easily automate time-consuming manual work, will be available to Windows 10 users at no additional cost.