Windows Virtual Desktop pricing

Deliver a virtual desktop experience to any device at cloud scale

Access Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 7 Enterprise desktops and apps at no additional cost if you have an eligible Windows or Microsoft 365 licence. Get free Extended Security Updates until January 2023 for your Windows 7 virtual desktop – offering more options to support legacy apps while you transition to Windows 10.

Access desktops powered by Windows Server Remote Desktop Services desktops and apps at no additional cost if you are an eligible Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) customer.

You need an Azure account to quickly deploy and manage your virtualisation environment. Pay only for the virtual machines and storage you use and take advantage of options such as one-year or three-year Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, which can save you up to 72 percent compared to pay-as-you-go pricing. Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are flexible and can easily be exchanged or returned.

Azure pricing examples

With the flexibility and scale of Windows Virtual Desktop, you only pay for the virtual machines (VMs), and storage consumed when your users are using the service. You have the flexibility to pick any VM and storage options to match your use cases. The examples below detail a few common scenarios to outline the consideration factors and are applicable when choosing the right deployments for your environment.

Scenario examples for a 100-user deployment with multi-session in East US region:

Scenario Description Estimated session host VM cost Estimated storage cost3
Light Ideal for lightweight use cases such as data entry and call centre apps. 3x D8s v3 (8 vCPUs each): $0.4422 per hour total 1, 2 3x E20 Standard SSDs (512 GB each) + 2x DS1 v2: $144.7066 per month total 4
Medium Ideal for basic Microsoft Office apps such as Word and Excel, as well as database apps. 4x D8s v3 (8 vCPUs each): $0.5895 per hour total 1, 2 3x E20 Standard SSDs (512 GB each) + 2x DS1 v2: $144.7066 per month total 4
Heavy Ideal for more intensive workloads such as development or engineering. 7x D8s v3 (8 vCPUs each): $1.0316 per hour total 1, 2 3x E20 Standard SSDs (512 GB each) + 2x DS1 v2: $144.7066 per month total 4
Heavy graphics Ideal for graphics-intensive apps such as 3D CAD and Adobe Photoshop. 7x NV6 (6 vCPUs each): $3.5397 per hour total 1, 2 3x E20 Standard SSDs (512 GB each) + 2x DS1 v2: $144.7066 per month total 4

Scenario example for 1 user with a personal desktop:

Scenario Description Estimated session host VM cost Estimated storage cost 3
Personal desktop (1 user per VM) Ideal for a persistent experience for each user. D2s v3 (2 vCPUs each): $0.0369 per hour per VM 2 2x E10 Standard SSDs (128 GB each) per VM: $19.2 per month per VM 5

1 Based on always on 3-year Reserved Instance with Azure Hybrid Benefit in East US region: D8s v3: $0.1474/hour, NV6: $0.5057/hour, D2s v3: $0.0369/hour.

2 Using scaling tools, the virtual machines can be turned on and off as needed for capacity if running as pay-as-you-go rates.

3 Choose from Managed Disks Premium SSD, Standard SSD or Standard HDD for your OS and user storage options. Office ProPlus customers can leverage OneDrive for Business for their user storage.

4 Multi-session storage estimate based on one shared file server for 100 users, supporting 15 GB and 15 IOPs per user. Recommended configuration = 3x E20 Standard SSD @ $38.4 per month + S2D configured 2x DS1 v2 @ $0.0203 x 730 hours per month. The total monthly cost is $144.7066.

5 Personal desktop storage estimate based on 1x E10 Standard SSD for OS storage and 1x E10 Standard SSD for user storage at $9.6 per month each.

FAQ

  • You are eligible to access Windows 10 and Windows 7 with Windows Virtual Desktop if you have one of the following licences*:

    • Microsoft 365 E3/A3
    • Microsoft 365 E5/A5
    • Microsoft 365 F1
    • Microsoft 365 Business
    • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
    • Windows 10 Education A3/A5
    • Windows 10 VDA per user

    *Customers can access Windows Virtual Desktop from their non-Windows Pro endpoints if they have a Microsoft 365 E3/E5, Microsoft 365 A3/A5 or Windows 10 VDA per user licence.

  • You are eligible to access Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer desktops and apps if you have an RDS CAL license with active Software Assurance (SA).

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