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New app attach features for Azure Virtual Desktop in public preview

New app attach features for Azure Virtual Desktop in public preview

New app attach functionality for Azure Virtual Desktop is now available in public preview and should roll out over the next few days. App attach has had a major re-work with new and exciting features. Here's a summary of the new capabilities in public preview:

  • Applications can now be assigned to any host pool or session host. You can assign application packages to multiple host pools in your environment.
  • Applications can now be assigned per user, both within a desktop session and remote app sessions. This means that in any host pool in any session, users can be assigned different application combinations. This should reduce the number of host pools and images you require.
  • Applications are now assigned using the application itself. Application groups are no longer required to assign users to app attach apps, significantly simplifying assignment and reducing the number of application groups needed.
  • Application assignment, removal, and upgrades can be performed without needing a maintenance window and without interrupting a user's workflow.
  • Microsoft Entra ID support for app attach has been introduced, removing the pre-requisite for line of sight to a domain controller. Microsoft Entra Hybrid Join will still work as it did before.
  • Dependency support has improved, including modification packages for remote apps.
  • A migration script is available to move existing MSIX app attach application packages to the new architecture.

You can learn more about the new version of app attach for Azure Virtual Desktop in our documentation. To dive deeper into the latest enhancements to MSIX and app attach overall, watch MSIX and app attach made easy from the recent Microsoft Technical Takeoff.

A look at the new capabilities

New Azure Portal UI and PowerShell for app attach

A look at the Overview pane for Azure Virtual Desktop app attach in the Azure PortalA look at the Overview pane for Azure Virtual Desktop app attach in the Azure Portal

Assign users

A look at managing users for Azure Virtual Desktop app attach preview in the Azure PortalA look at managing users for Azure Virtual Desktop app attach preview in the Azure Portal

Share your thoughts

If you have feedback about creating or finding MSIX packages, please check out the Tech Community discussion board dedicated to MSIX questions. We've love to hear your thoughts on these new app attach capabilities for Azure Virtual Desktop. Please leave a comment below!


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