Windows Server on Azure

The cloud that knows Windows best

Run your Windows workloads on Azure

Customers trust Microsoft to be their technology partner and have chosen Windows Server to run their businesses for decades. Join startups, governments, and Fortune 500 customers who run Windows Server on Azure and take advantage of unmatched security, the ability to operate hybrid seamlessly and achieve cost savings on the cloud that knows Windows best.

Unmatched Security

​We employ more than 3,500 cybersecurity professionals and invest over USD 1 billion annually on security to help protect, detect, and respond to threats. Combine the built-in security features of Windows Server with Azure, where you’ll find the most compliant solutions of any public cloud. Use Azure Security Center for unified threat protection across on-premises and cloud.

Get three years of free security updates only in Azure

Extended support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020. Migrate to Azure and receive three more years of security updates at no additional charge. Take advantage of 100+ Azure services to modernize your apps.

Operate Hybrid Seamlessly

Azure is hybrid by design - the only comprehensive hybrid cloud with consistent security, identity, and management. Use Azure Active Directory to setup a consistent identity system to support your hybrid strategy. 90% of fortune 500 companies use Azure Active Directory. Connect your on-premises servers to Azure using Windows Admin Center to take advantage of backup, monitoring, disaster recovery, and cloud storage.

Cost savings

Bring your licenses to the cloud and save. Use existing on-premises Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to save up to 80 percent* when you combine with cost savings from Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.

*Does not include Software Assurance cost. Sample annual cost comparison of two D2V3 Windows Server VMs. Savings based two D2V3 VMs in US West 2 Region running 744 hours/month for 12 months; Base compute rate at SUSE Linux Enterprise rate for US West 2. Azure pricing as of April 24, 2018. Price subject to change. The 80% of saving is based on the combined cost of Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and 3-year Azure Reserved Instance. Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage.

Pay less with Azure

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Why run them anywhere else?

Join customers who are transforming their business with Windows Server on Azure

Accelerate your Windows Server migration with experienced partners

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Download the Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure