Windows Virtual Desktop on Surface delivers resilience and flexibility in challenging times
Published May 20 2020 05:23 PM 5,000 Views
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Surface devices bring unmatched versatility allowing everyone from CEOs to frontline workers to stay productive from anywhere. But did you know there’s a simple thing you can do to extend the power of Surface devices even further by joining them to virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI?  This gives you what we call “Windows Virtual Desktop on Surface” combining Microsoft 365 -- virtualized in the Azure cloud -- with the advanced security protections, enterprise-level manageability, and enhanced productivity tools of Windows 10 on Surface.


surfacedesk.pngTraditionally virtual desktop solutions were pitched as a way of re-purposing older computers as endpoint terminals — before advances in cloud technology transformed everything. What Windows Virtual Desktop does is extend the value of virtualization technology to deliver a fully modern workplace experience without the downsides that come from having to rely on older machines to meet critical business needs.


Using Windows Virtual Desktop on Surface provides unique advantages including support for:


  • Flexible form factors - like 2-in-1 devices such as Surface Go 2, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X with pen, touch, biometric authentication, and detachable keyboards. 
  • Windows 10 modern device security and manageability - providing the flexibility to be productive anywhere.
  • Persistent, on-demand and just-in-time work scenarios - with virtual, offline, and on-device access for the most productive end-user experience.

By providing greater resilience and enhanced flexibility, Windows Virtual Desktop on Surface helps customers meet increasingly complex business and security requirements across industries, employee roles, and work environments:


  • Multi-layered security to protect data and organizational resources.
  • Compliance with industry regulations.
  • Support for an increasingly elastic workforce.
  • Employee-specific needs across a variety of job functions.
  • Ability to support specialized, processor-intensive workloads.
  • Resilience for ensuring business continuity amid unexpected as well as planned disruptions.


To learn more, check out our newly published article on Microsoft Docs:


This post was co-authored by Robert Henry, US CTO, Surface 365 Incubation and Craig Tellalian Enterprise CTO, Worldwide Surface Sales.

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