Microsoft has published its pricing for Windows 365 and you can sign up for a virtual Windows desktop. A Windows 365 device can be added to your Microsoft 365 subscription. This will allow small businesses to provide users with access to a hosted desktop environment that can be accessed from an office or home or another country (if required).
What can Windows 365 be used for?
Essentially anything that you can do on your office PC or laptop you should be able to do on Windows 365 device.
Looking at the initial devices that can be purchased, the specifications are fairly low but maybe usable for most users for general day-to-day office tasks that you would use Microsoft’s 365 suite for.
The device has office installed but you would need to have Microsoft 365 Standard (or above) to use the office applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The above options are not the complete list of devices available. Windows 365 is split into Business and Enterprise and only the Enterprise versions can be upgraded or resized currently.
Business users: Upgrading a Basis version, then Resize to the Standard or Premium will require you to reinstall all of your applications as well as your data. Resizing is currently only available to higher plans.
Outbound data limits
As the Windows 365 are hosted in a Microsoft data centre where the internet connection speeds are very good, typically you will see 1000 Mbps download and 3000 Mbps upload. However Microsoft are monitoring the outbound (upload) per user per month.
|CPU/RAM/DISK||Included outbound data|
|1 vCPU / 2 GB / 64 GB||12 GB per user per month|
|2 vCPU / 4 GB / 64 GB, 2 vCPU / 4 GB / 128 GB, 2 vCPU / 4 GB / 256 GB, 2 vCPU / 8 GB / 128 GB, 2 vCPU / 8 GB / 256 GB||20 GB per user per month|
|4 vCPU / 16 GB / 128 GB, 4 vCPU / 16 GB / 256 GB, 4 vCPU / 16 GB / 512 GB||40 GB per user per month|
|8 vCPU / 32 GB / 128 GB, 8 vCPU / 32 GB / 256 GB, 8 vCPU / 32 GB / 512 GB||70 GB per user per month.|
This will be suitable for most users. If you are considering for p2p sharing or content streaming then this is not included in the intended use.
Enterprise users with Azure servers pay in accordance with the Azure bandwidth pricing policy for network usage.
Who is Windows 365 aimed at?
Windows 365 is aimed at business users who want to control the desktop environment for their users. The business can provide a basic compatible device to connect to the Windows 365 virtual desktop and the user can work from any location (with a good internet connection).
It would be good for businesses who are working remotely and integrate with Microsoft 365 or Azure based servers.
We can certainly see some businesses who are based in multiple countries being able to benefit by providing their staff with a stable desktop with fast connection where their local internet is limited.
Who is Windows 365 not for (currently)?
Currently Windows 365 machines do not have high end graphics cards (GPUs) so CAD and Gamers won’t be able to use them yet. GPUs may be an option in the future.
Home users are also likely to be put off by the current pricing and specification. As you would need a device at home to connect to the virtual device.
Multiple users sharing one device then this is not possible unless they share the same login email account. Each user will need to have their own Windows 365 device and license.
Microsoft initially provides a trial version of Windows 365 however this has currently been paused due to the high demand. Hopefully this should be available once the initial trial users have either purchased or completed their tests.
If you would like to discuss how your company can use Windows 365 further then please contact us on 0333 332 6600