Microsoft Windows 11

Effective October 5, 2021, Microsoft Windows 11 is available and is already available in preview on Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD).

Windows 11 comes as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 PCs, and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase.

New features include Microsoft Teams integration, widgets, a better virtual desktop support, better multitasking, a better gaming experience, a new Microsoft Store and a new, more Mac-like interface.

On the Azure Marketplace, three Windows 11 previews are available right now:

  • Windows 11 Enterprise (Preview)
  • Windows 11 Enterprise multi-session (Preview)
  • Windows 11 Enterprise multi-session + Microsoft 365 Apps (Preview)

For the announcement of Windows 11, please visit: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/08/31/windows-11-available-on-october-5/.

For information on the Windows 11 preview via AVD, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-virtual-desktop/windows-11-preview-is-now-available-on-azure-virtual-desktop/ba-p/2666468.

For a short teaser video, please visit: https://youtu.be/E1kQVJBqolY.

Please contact us for more information and to request a quote.

Microsoft Windows 7 End of Support

Microsoft Windows 7 reached End of Support on January 14, 2020. Although Microsoft’s recommendation is to upgrade to Windows 10 or move to Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure, customers may purchase Extended Security Updates (ESU) to continue to receive security updates for critical issues.

For further information on Microsoft Windows 7 End of Support, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/core-infrastructure-and-security/preparing-to-deploy-extended-security-updates/ba-p/1139851 and please find the updated FAQ site here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4527875/faq-about-the-end-of-support-for-windows-7.

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop available

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is now available. Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and get built-in security and compliance features.

For more information on Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/.

For the official Microsoft announcement and future plans, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/09/30/windows-virtual-desktop-generally-available-worldwide/.

Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program

Microsoft announced that they will extend the availability of paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) to businesses of all sizes. Previously, Windows 7 ESU was only available to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis with the price increasing each year. Starting on December 1, 2019, businesses of any size can purchase ESU through the cloud solution provider (CSP) program.

For the official Microsoft announcement, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/01/windows-small-midsize-businesses-stay-secure-current/.

Here’s also a general FAQ about the Windows 7 End of Support: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020.

Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10 deployment available

Microsoft announced that Microsoft FastTrack is now available to support customers upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10. The Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10 deployment guidance is free to customers who have or buy at least 150 Microsoft Windows 10 E3 or E5 licenses, or Windows 10 Enterprise with Software Assurance (SA). Experts will help a customer envision a technical plan, determine how to onboard, and deploy new services and/or users, and work with them as they deploy.

For the official Microsoft announcement and further details, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/08/12/speed-up-windows-10-development-new-fasttrack-guidance/.

Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available

Microsoft announced that Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 are now available for purchase. They are sold on a per-device basis for eligible customers and the price will increase each year.

In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.

For further information, please see our previous announcement: http://www.schneider.im/microsoft-windows-7-extended-security-updates/.

Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Microsoft Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. Microsoft announced that they will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions. In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.