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Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) allows students and faculty to use their web browser to connect to Windows-based Microsoft Office applications in the cloud for coursework purposes. Users connect to the virtual desktop using their Cornell credentials and gain access to the applications remotely. This means those applications can be used without needing to install them directly onto each user's computer.

Typically, students access applications that have been assigned for their studies through links in Canvas course listings. The link in Canvas starts a Remote Desktop Web Client session with the assigned applications and services. 

Faculty interested in setting up virtual desktop resources for their courses can email


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