Cloud desktop allows you to create customized environments for your Windows or Linux desktop applications. This enables you to use your desktop computers as if they were located on premises, giving you control over the quality and performance of applications across your organization.

With virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), organizations can leverage cloud-based virtual desktops to ensure an efficient workforce. Users are provided with a variety of flexible and self-service options that are tailored to their needs, making this a user-friendly model for the modern office. Microsoft's infrastructure and VDI solution can scale automatically as your organization grows.

Desktop virtualization uses Microsoft Azure infrastructure to build, provision, manage and control multiple virtual desktops, hosted on Microsoft Azure cloud. Each desktop is provisioned using the operating system of your choice.

With Windows Server Hyper-V, Microsoft's server virtualization technology, you can deploy operating systems and their associated software onto different servers, creating a set of servers that appear as one virtual machine. This is known as server virtualization.

With server virtualization, you can deploy Windows Server operating systems, Linux operating systems and a range of software applications on virtual machines that are isolated from each other and hosted on a single server. The server virtualization process can be viewed as a server consolidation of applications onto a single server.

Microsoft Virtual Desktops in Azure

Microsoft has created several virtual desktop applications for the public Azure cloud. These include both Microsoft-supplied and third-party virtual desktops.

Microsoft Virtual Desktops

Microsoft Virtual Desktops are Microsoft certified VDI systems on the Microsoft Azure platform. These applications allow for a user-managed virtual desktop environment. You can use the Microsoft Virtual Desktop solutions to build desktop pools of operating systems and applications.

Microsoft Virtual Desktops are also available for Windows Server 2012. The Microsoft Virtual Desktops can be used for a range of applications. They are particularly effective for use with non-Windows servers. Microsoft provides two different versions of its Windows Virtual Desktop application for servers:

The Windows Server 2012 R2 version of the Microsoft Virtual Desktop appliance for Linux and Windows Server 2012.

The Windows Server 2012 R2 version of the Microsoft Virtual Desktop appliance for Linux and Windows Server 2008 R2.

With these Microsoft Virtual Desktops, you can provision the operating systems and software applications that will be required to support a range of workloads, including desktop and enterprise applications. The Microsoft Virtual Desktops also provide remote desktop access via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to Windows and Linux servers.

A range of desktop applications, including Microsoft Office 2010 and 2010, are available for use on the Microsoft Virtual Desktops. The Windows Server 2012 and 2008 R2 versions of Microsoft Virtual Desktops are also compatible with Microsoft Office 2013, 2013 R2 and 2011.