What's new in Windows Virtual Desktop for December 2020

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


Please bookmark: aka.ms/WVDWhatsNew, as the authoritative site for all changes, as well as the official road map at aka.ms/WVDRoadmap for dates of upcoming features.

If you would like to see a new specific feature, suggest these on the WVD UserVoice


Azure Monitor for Windows Virtual Desktop

The public preview for Azure Monitor for Windows Virtual Desktop is now available. This new feature includes a robust dashboard built on top of Azure Monitor Workbooks to help IT professionals understand their Windows Virtual Desktop environments. Check out the announcement on our blog for more details.


Azure Resource Manager template change

In the latest update, we've removed all public IP address parameter from the Azure Resource Manager template for creating and provisioning host pools. We highly recommend you avoid using public IPs for Windows Virtual Desktop to keep your deployment secure. If your deployment relied on public IPs, you'll need to reconfigure it to use private IPs instead, otherwise your deployment won't work properly.


MSIX app attach public preview

MSIX app attach is another service that began its public preview this month. MSIX app attach is a service that dynamically presents MSIX applications to your Windows Virtual Desktop Session host VMs. Check out the announcement on our blog for more details.


Screen capture protection

This month also marked the beginning of the public preview for screen capture protection. You can use this feature to prevent sensitive information from being captured on the client endpoints. Give screen capture protection a try by going to this page.


Built-in roles

We've added new built-in roles for Windows Virtual Desktop for admin permissions. For more information, see Built-in roles for Windows Virtual Desktop.


Application group limit increase

We've increased the default application group limit per Azure Active Directory tenant to 200 groups.


Client updates for December 2020

We've released new versions of the following clients:

  • Android
  • macOS
  • Windows

For more information about client updates, see Client updates.

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