Windows Virtual Desktop

The best virtual desktop experience, delivered on Azure

Deploy and scale virtualized Windows desktops and apps on Azure

Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compliance features.

More secure, productive virtual desktop experience on Azure with Microsoft 365

Deploy a complete, intelligent solution that enhances creativity and collaboration for everyone. Shift to Microsoft 365 and get Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

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Flexible migration to the cloud for Remote Desktop Services

Optimize your cloud experience while lowering costs for your Windows Server desktops and apps. Get all the tools and resources you need to migrate your apps, data, and infrastructure at your own pace, with confidence.

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Supported transition to Windows 10

With extended support for Windows 7 ending soon, get free extended security updates for your Windows 7 virtual desktop. This includes more support options for previous app versions while you transition to Windows 10.

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Why trust Windows Virtual Desktop?

  • Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts completely dedicated to your data security and privacy.

  • Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.

Flexible, scalable pricing

With Windows Virtual Desktop, pay only for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Storage consumed by users during their use of the service. Select deployment options to match your needs.

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Estimate end-user experience quality

Use the estimator to understand the quality of your end-user experience when connecting to Windows Virtual Desktop. Find your recommended Azure region, determine your bandwidth requirements, and view your connection health.

Get started with Windows Virtual Desktop

Get instant access and a $200 credit by signing up for a free Azure account.
Learn how to start using Windows Virtual Desktop, with quickstarts and documentation.
Enhance the service with additional features and products, like security and backup services.

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Technical documentation and quickstarts

Learn how to deploy the optimal environment, get hands-on, and explore options for migrating to Windows Virtual Desktop.

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Learn how you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, with built-in security and compliance.

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Azure blog and updates

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Frequently asked questions about Windows Virtual Desktop

  • Windows Virtual Desktop supports Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10 single-session, Windows 7 single-session, and Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer operating systems.
  • Partners such as Citrix and VMware will deploy integrate and build on the Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities. Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers will offer Windows Virtual Desktop to their customers. Software and service providers will offer targeted solutions in the Azure Marketplace.
  • Access Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 7 Enterprise at no additional cost if you have an eligible Windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 license. Access desktops powered by Windows Server Remote Desktop Services at no additional cost if you’re an eligible Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) customer. You pay only for the Azure compute, storage, and networking associated with the virtual machines you use in your environment. Take advantage of options such as one-year or three-year Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, which can save you up to 72 percent versus pay-as-you-go pricing. Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are flexible and can easily be exchanged or returned.

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