What is a virtual desktop? A virtual desktop separates the desktop environment from the physical computer or device by using virtualization technology. This allows users to access their virtual desktops remotely using any connected endpoint device.
Virtual desktops infrastructures (VDI) can be hosted in virtual machines (VM) in a central server, or hosted in the cloud through a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering. Users can access the virtual operating system, applications, and data using log-in credentials.
Usually employees will access a virtual desktop through desktop computers or laptops, but the flexibility of this technology allows companies to connect mobile devices with iOS or Android support as well. Since most virtual desktops are operating system agnostic, they can be configured to work with different operating systems - mobile or not - such as Windows, iOS, Android, or Linux. Many companies are taking advantage of this flexibility by using desktop virtualization to connect remote employees in the field via tablets or smartphones.