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Windows virtual desktop software gets closer to public release

July 17, 2019 / Jesse Scardina

Microsoft is upgrading its business applications for a virtualized environment in a step that brings the technology company closer to the launch of its Windows Virtual Desktop. Windows announced its virtual desktop product last fall and has provided a public preview, but a public release has not been scheduled. In a blog post from earlier this month, Microsoft announced improvements to applications it's preparing for a virtualized environment. They include Office 365 applications such as Outlook, OneDrive and Teams. The company also announced new features specifically designed for a virtual desktop. They include Outlook Cached Mode, which will improve how users access email and calendars on a virtual desktop; and a per-machine installation option on OneDrive, which will enable users to share a single installation of Microsoft's internet-based storage platform while preserving their own folders and files.