Windows Virtual Desktop Pricing Guide

Windows Virtual Desktop is a virtual desktop infrastructure that runs in the cloud and virtualizes desktops and applications. It offers simplified management and optimization for Microsoft 365 Apps, Remote Desktop Services (RDS), and multi-sessions at a low cost, making it an affordable solution for your organization.

Necessary Components for Windows Virtual Desktop

The components required for Windows Virtual Desktop are:

Personal and Pooled Desktops

Windows Virtual Desktop supports both personal and pooled types of desktops.

Consumption Costs

Consumption costs for Azure resources that support Windows Virtual Desktop session host VMs depend on the following factors:

To model what-if scenarios and better understand exact costs, you can use pricing tools such as the Azure Calculator.

Windows 10 Enterprise Licensing Costs

The Windows 10 Enterprise licensing cost depends on the kind of subscription you use. The available subscription models are:

For legacy RDS, you need a Windows 10 Enterprise license and a combination of Windows Server License and RDS subscriber Access License. The approximate cost for a Windows 10 Enterprise subscription is $7 per user, per month, while the Windows Server and RDS subscription costs around $6 per user, per month.

Parallels RAS and Windows Virtual Desktop

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) 18 integrates with Windows Virtual Desktop. It greatly extends and simplifies the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop by unifying and managing all workloads and resources from a centralized management console. Organizations can integrate Parallels RAS deployments with Windows Virtual Desktop, delivering a single solution to end-users. Read more about the integration of Parallels RAS with Windows Virtual Desktop.

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