Make savings with Windows Virtual Desktop

Thursday 19th December 2019

This new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service is specifically designed for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Session Host. It gives users remote access to a complete Windows desktop experience purely available from the Azure public cloud. Firstly, it is optimised for Office 365 ProPlus, and it also offers a multi-user Windows 10 license for easier application compatibility. Secondly, it provides a delayed migration path for customers staying on Windows 7 after 2020 with free Extended Security Updates when Windows 7 is hosted in WVD. 

To stimulate the use of WVD Microsoft is including the right to use WVD in different SKU’s like:

  • Microsoft 365 E3/A3
  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
  • Windows 10 Education A3/A5
  • Windows 10 VDA per user
  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CAL

When organisations have one of these licenses, they only need to pay for the Azure Compute resources to make use of the WVD. To manage these WVD environments Microsoft is partnering with Citrix and VMware to be able to extend management of the Windows desktop experience. If you’d like to know how much this costs and what sort of savings could be made by making use of this service, please get in contact with Bytes ( who are trained to use Microsoft’s solution configurator to define options.

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