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Microsoft rebrands WVD as ‘Azure Virtual Desktop’; adds new app-streaming pricing option

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Microsoft is rebranding its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service as “Azure Virtual Desktop.” At the same time, the company is introducing a new ISV/per-user pricing option and taking the wraps off a bunch of new manageability and security features coming soon.

WVD, an Azure-based service, enables users to virtualize their Windows desktop, Office apps, and other third-party applications by running them remotely in Azure virtual machines. Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in September 2018 and made it generally available a year later. 

On June 7, Microsoft officials unveiled the new, now-AVD-branded capabilities that Microsoft is readying to “establish broader outlines for the product,” in the words of Kam VedBrat, General Manager of AVD.

The biggest of these coming features is a new pricing option for application streaming. Microsoft is enabling customers and ISVs to use AVD to stream desktops and applications to users outside their own organizations. This will enable both IT departments and ISVs to use AVD as the underlying infrastructure for delivering apps as a service. 

During a promotion period, which runs from July 14 to Dec. 31, 2021, customers and ISVs can get this monthly-per-user option for no additional charge, though they still do need to continue to pay for the underlying Azure services upon which AVD relies. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, this option will cost $5.50 per user per month for apps and $10 per user per month for apps plus desktop. Again, this fee is for user-access rights only, meaning customers will need to continue to pay for the Azure compute, storage, and other services that power their apps.

(For users who are part of a customer’s or ISV’s own organization, Microsoft is advising organizations to continue to use AVD via existing Windows license entitlements they have via Microsoft 365 E3 or Windows E3 and higher.)

Update: One Microsoft partner was upbeat about the new pricing option.

“We have been working with many ISVs who are trying to solve both the technical architecture and pricing model issues of moving to Azure Virtual Desktop. With the new ISV fixed per-user pricing, it will be much easier for them to design their solutions on top of AVD,” said Joseph Landes, Chief Revenue Officer of IT management and automation vendor Nerdio.  

Microsoft also will be adding a number of new features to AVD in the coming months. Among them:

Enhanced Azure Active Directory support: Coming “soon” in public preview, this feature will allow customers to join their AVD virtual machines directly to Azure Active Directory and connect to the virtual machine from any device with basic credentials and without the need for an additional domain controller. At some point in the future, Microsoft is planning to add support for single sign-on and additional credential types like FIDO2 and Azure Files, officials said.

Support for managing Windows 10 Enterprise multisession VMs with Microsoft EndPoint Manager: This capability is available now. In addition, by automatically enrolling AVD virtual machines with Microsoft EndPoint Manager. 

Quickstart deployment support: Coming soon in public preview. This capability will enable customers to set up and kick off an AVD session in minutes from the Azure Portal.

Today’s WVD/AVD announcements are not related to the expected launch of Microsoft’s Cloud PC, its Azure and WVD-based virtualization service that is codenamed “Deschutes.” Cloud PC is in private testing at this point and could launch later this summer, my sources say. Microsoft plans to sell Cloud PC as a managed Microsoft 365 experience at a flat per-user price. This is an important difference from WVD/AVD pricing, which revolves around Azure consumption.

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Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-rebrands-wvd-as-azure-virtual-desktop-adds-new-app-streaming-pricing-option/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals: Samsung’s Galaxy XCover Pro, rugged tablets, Galaxy S21 Enterprise Edition

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Samsung is all business this Amazon Prime Day. 

Samsung’s rugged smartphones and tablets have been well received and business technology the electronics giant is using Amazon Prime Day 2021 to showcase its rugged and productivity devices. 

Here’s a look at the Samsung B2B Mobile deals on Amazon Prime Day 2021.

Rugged and enterprise smartphones

Rugged Tablets

On the consumer and prosumer front, Samsung is offering starting prices that are compelling for devices like the Galaxy S20FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G and Galaxy A525G, but aren’t necessarily sales. The Galaxy Note 20 5G, however, is starting at $749.99. 

Amazon Prime Day 2021

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Best early Prime Day 2021 deals: Smart home devices

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Smart home gadgets are all the rage, but it’s a slippery slope. As soon as you’re done installing your first gadget, you’re in the market for the next, and it can get pretty expensive. 

Amazon Prime Day is a good time to pick up  your next smart home device for less, because there are some fantastic deals out there on a whole range of devices.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the unbelievable number of deals that are available over Prime Day 2021 — tens of thousands! — and distilled them down into a handful of the best.

Deals come and go over the two days, and I’ll be updating this post with fresh deals, so keep checking back. Also, if you find a good deal I’ve missed, feel free to drop me a note (a Twitter DM probably gets the quickest response). 

27% off

All-new Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release)

Ring

With its 8-inch HD touchscreen, adaptive color, and stereo speakers, the all-new Echo Show 8 is the perfect hub for your smart home setup.

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen 1280 x 800 resolution display.
  • 13 MP camera that uses auto-framing to keep you centered.
  • Built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button

$95 at Amazon

50% off

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa

Ring

It might be tiny, but it packs all the power and punch of a full-sized Echo! There’s a reason why this is Amazn’s most popular smart speaker!

  • Better speaker quality than Echo Dot Gen 2 for richer and louder sound. 
  • Pair with a second Echo Dot for stereo sound.
  • Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others.
  • Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices. Create routines to start and end your day.
  • Call almost anyone hands-free. 
  • Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.

$20 at Amazon

41% off

Blink Outdoor wireless, weather-resistant HD security camera

Ring
  • Blink Outdoor wireless battery-powered HD security camera with infrared night vision.
  • Runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Store video clips and photos in the cloud with the Blink Subscription Plan or save locally to the Blink Sync Module 2 via a USB flash drive (sold separately).
  • Built to withstand the elements.
  • No wiring or professional installation required.
  • Get motion detection alerts on your phone.
  • See, hear, and speak to visitors with live view in real time and two-way audio features on your Blink app.

$225 at Amazon

36% off

Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro

  • Certified Refurbished Video Doorbell Pro has been refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new, and also comes with the same limited warranty as a new device.
  • 1080p HD video doorbell that lets you see, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or select Echo device. 
  • Includes privacy features, such as customizable privacy zones and audio privacy, to focus only on what’s relevant to you.
  • Get notifications whenever motion is detected by customizing your motion zones.
  • With Live View, you can check in on your home any time through the Ring app.

$89 at Amazon

30% off

Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi system - 3-Pack

Ring

At the heart of any good smart home system is a solid, reliable Wi-Fi connection, and things don’t get much better than the Amazon eero Pro mesh.

  • The Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi kit (3 eero Pros) replaces the traditional WiFi router, WiFi extender, and internet booster.
  • Capable of covering a 5+ bedroom home with fast and reliable internet powered by a mesh network.
  • Unlike the common internet routers and wireless access points, eero automatically updates once a month, always keeping your home WiFi system on the cutting edge.
  • eero mesh WiFi network leverages multiple wireless access points to create an incredibly dependable internet experience, all on a single mesh WiFi system.
  • Quick & easy setup.

$349 at Amazon

40% amount off

Ring Alarm 8-piece kit (2nd Gen)

Ring
  • Quickly and easily setup your Ring Alarm by plugging in your base station, connecting to wifi via the Ring app, and placing your sensors in their ideal locations.
  • A great fit for 1-2 bedroom homes.
  • Kit includes one base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, one motion detector, and one range extender.
  • Optional 24/7 professional monitoring with Ring Protect Plus for $10/month.

$150 at Amazon

More Prime Day 2021 deals

We plan to update this guide with more smart home device deals as we spot them.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals: Cables and chargers

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Who doesn’t like a good deal? I’m all for saving money, so for me, Amazon Prime Day is a good time to pick up those essentials (or bits of kit you need to boost productivity) while at the same spending less. And with more and more people now working and learning from home, it seems that there are never enough cables, chargers, adapter, and hubs to go around.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the unbelievable number of deals that are available over Prime Day 2021 — tens of thousands! — and distilled them down into a handful of the best.

Deals come and go over the two days, and I’ll be updating this post with fresh deals, so keep checking back.  Also, if you find a good deal I’ve missed, feel free to drop me a note (a Twitter DM probably gets the quickest response).

36% off

Anker 63W 4 Port PIQ 3.0 & GaN Fast Charger

  • High-Speed USB-C Charging: Charge USB-C notebooks at high-speed via the 45W USB-C port, or get a powerful charge for tablets and other mobile devices via the 18W USB-C port.
  • Charge 4 Devices Simultaneously: With two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports offering a total 63W of power, you can now charge your phone, tablet, laptop, and more—all at the same time.
  • Ultra-Slim: By swapping out silicon for gallium nitride (GaN), we’ve been able to create one of our slimmest USB-C chargers—without compromising power.
  • Universal Compatibility: Equipped with Anker’s signature PowerIQ 3.0 technology to provide high-speed charging to virtually any mobile device. Also supports Programmable Power Supply (PPS) for compatibility with Samsung Super Fast Charging. (Does not support 45W fast charging for Samsung Note 10).

$39 at Amazon

31% off

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000

  • The Ultimate 2-in-1 Charger: A hybrid high cell capacity portable battery and dual-port wall charger in one sleek package.
  • High-Speed Charging: In the wall or on-the-go, Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies ensure that all devices receive their fastest possible charge. Does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge.
  • Charge-and-Go: Charge your device and PowerCore Fusion’s internal battery via a wall outlet, then take it with you for up to 3 phone charges—any place, any time. Boasts a foldable plug to ensure maximum portability.

$18 at Amazon

39% off

Anker PowerCore 26800 power bank

  • 2,6800 mAh of power charges most phones over 6 times, tablets at least 2 times and any other USB device multiple times
  • 3x USB output ports equipped with Anker’s PowerIQ and Voltage Boost technology ensure high-speed charging for three devices—simultaneously
  • Dual microUSB (20W) input offers recharge speeds up to twice as fast as standard portable chargers—a full recharge takes just over 6 hours while using both input ports

$40 at Amazon

22% off

Sundix nylon braided USB-C to Lightning

  • The durable nylon fiber and alloy molded shell adds the elasticity and strength to defend external fraction and heavy usage
  • Thick copper wire ensures stable charging output
  • Built-in golden-plated layer and shielding shell have an efficient performance in preventing interference

$10 at Amazon

More Prime Day 2021 deals

We plan to update this guide with more smart home device deals as we spot them.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals: Smartphones and more

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Who doesn’t like a good deal? I’m all for saving money, so for me, Amazon Prime Day is a good time to pick up those essentials (or bits of kit you need to boost productivity) while at the same spending less. And with more and more people now working and learning from home, it seems that there are never enough cables, chargers, adapter, and hubs to go around.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the unbelievable number of deals that are available over Prime Day 2021 — tens of thousands! — and distilled them down into a handful of the best.

Deals come and go over the two days, and I’ll be updating this post with fresh deals, so keep checking back.  Also, if you find a good deal I’ve missed, feel free to drop me a note (a Twitter DM probably gets the quickest response).

40% off

Motorola Moto G7 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Full HD+ Max Vision display
  • All-day 3000mA battery with 27W TurboPower
  • Get 12 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Dolby audio speakers
  • Unlocked

$150 at Amazon

$120 off

Sony WF-SP800N

  • Truly wireless earbuds 
  • Soft cushioned arc supporter
  • Digital noise cancellation
  • Battery life up to 9 hours 18 total hours with carrying case, or up to 13 hours – 26 total hours with noise canceling disabled
  • IP55 sweat and splash-proof design 
  • Extra bass sound 
  • Built-in microphone for clear-sounding hands-free calls and use with your voice assistant
  • Alexa Enabled 

$78 at Amazon

27% off

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

  • 6.9-inch AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 865+ processor
  • 108MP main camera
  • 10MP selfie camera
  • 4500mAh battery
  • 128GB storage
  • 5G ready
  • Unlocked
  • S Pen included

$949 at Amazon

20% off

Motorola Moto E

  • 6.2-inch Max Vision HD+ 19:9 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor
  • 13MP dual camera system
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 42-hour battery

$120 at Amazon

33% off

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

  • 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity Display
  • 64MP main camera
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • 4600mAh battery
  • 128GB storage
  • 5G ready
  • Unlocked

$400 at Amazon

35% off

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

  • AKG-tuned 12mm speaker and enhanced bass tone 
  • Active noise cancellation to block out background noise on an airplane, train or bus
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Case that doubles as a wireless charger

$110 at Amazon

40% off

Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds

Elite Active 65t are secure fitting earbuds that provide dependable in-ear stability.

  • 3rd generation true wireless stability, you can take calls and listen to music without worry about audio dropout
  • With up to 5 hours of battery on a single charge, and up to 15 hours in total with the included pocket-friendly charging case
  • 4-microphone technology offers best-in-class call performance
  • IP56 rated with a 2-year warranty against sweat and dust

$60 at Amazon

30% off

SanDisk 1TB Ultra MicroSDXC UHS-I microSD card with adapter

  • High capacity
  • 120MB/s transfer speeds
  • Load apps faster with A1-rated performance
  • 10-year manufacturer warranty
  • Adapter included

$160 at Amazon

More Prime Day 2021 deals

We plan to update this guide with more smart home device deals as we spot them.

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