Microsoft has launched a new enterprise management tool, named the Windows App, aimed at simplifying the management of devices and applications. The Windows App integrates control over various services, including Windows 365, Azure Virtual Desktop, Remote Desktop, Remote Desktop Services, and Microsoft Dev Box. This integrated approach stands to support IT administrators in efficiently managing their enterprise resources.
Preview Access and Device Management
Currently in preview, the Windows App is accessible for interested parties to download from the Microsoft Store and Apple's TestFlight program. The user interface (UI) offers a straightforward experience, prominently displaying a list of pinned devices like a Windows 365 Cloud PC, a Microsoft Dev Box, and an Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). Following the nailed devices, the UI presents a list of pinned applications for quick access. Navigation menus allow users to add more devices and applications, access settings, and provide feedback effectively.
Enhancements to Virtual Desktop Solutions
The Ignite 2023 event wasn't limited to the Windows App reveal. Microsoft also announced the introduction of GPU support for Windows 365, currently in preview. This feature is especially beneficial for professionals working in fields that require intensive rendering and visualization.
Other features that Microsoft has launched in public preview include a set of tools to enhance security and usability for both Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop offerings. These tools provide Single-sign-on (SSO) capabilities, watermarking, screen capture protection, and tamper protection. Responding to the demands for more secure and user-friendly virtual desktop environments, Microsoft has made these features generally available to users.
To the benefit of enterprise clients, these updates signify Microsoft's commitment to providing robust, manageable, and secure virtual computing environments. Users and administrators can expect to experience increased productivity as well as enhanced security from these latest deployments within organizations relying on Microsoft's virtual desktop solutions.