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10 Things You Need To Know About Windows Virtual Desktop

The Azure cloud workspace platform will hit its full fiscal year sales forecast four months ahead of schedule, said Microsoft Group Program Manager for Windows Virtual Desktop Scott Manchester.

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WVD -- Storming The Market

Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service on Azure is exceeding its first-year sales forecast.

In fact, Microsoft Group Program Manager for WVD Scott Manchester said the Azure cloud workspace platform will hit its full fiscal year sales forecast on February 6 – four months ahead of schedule.

“We are seeing pretty high levels of deployment around the world,” said Manchester in a keynote address Tuesday at the IGEL Disrupt 2020 Cloud Workspaces Forum in Nashville, Tenn. “When I wake up every morning, the first thing I do is I bring up my dashboard and I look to see how many new tenants signed up today with WVD. I can’t share all the details but I can tell you it is a three digit number everyday – people that build tenants in WVD. It is very exciting to see the growth.”

Solution providers at the conference said Microsoft’s entry into the cloud desktop-as-a-service market with WVD is poised to drive an Azure VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) sales bonanza.

Pete Downing, chief marketing technology officer for Huntersville, N.C.-based XenTegra – which just won Citrix’s U.S. partner of the year award – said he expects 30 percent to 60 percent growth in the overall desktop-as-a-service market this year with Microsoft entering the space. “The domino effect is crazy,” he said. “Every customer is asking about Windows Virtual Desktop and Azure. I have never seen a sales pipeline for a product grow as fast as Microsoft WVD and Azure. Microsoft has validated desktop as a service.”

Downing said he expects the desktop-as-a-service frenzy to drive triple-digit growth for XenTegra’s Azure business this year.

Below are excerpts of Manchester’s keynote address.

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