Azure WVD

Windows Virtual Desktop— a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud and enables secure remote work.

Provide the familiarity and compatibility of Windows 10 with the new scalable multi-session experience for your end users and save costs by using the same Windows licenses. Manage your end-to-end Windows Virtual Desktop deployment alongside other Azure services within the Azure portal.



  • Deliver Windows 10 desktops on any device, anywhere
    Provide employees the best virtualized experience with the only solution fully optimized for Windows 10 and Office 365.
  • Built-in intelligent security
    Keep your applications and data secure and compliant with security capabilities that can proactively detect threats and take remedial action.
  • Deploy and scale in minutes
    Simplify deployment and management of your infrastructure and quickly scale based on your business needs.
  • Reduce cost using existing licenses
    Use existing licenses to save cost with a modern cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and pay only for what you use.

Key capabilities

With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can set up a scalable and flexible environment:

  • Create a full desktop virtualization environment in your Azure subscription without having to run any additional gateway servers.
  • Publish as many host pools as you need to accommodate your diverse workloads.
  • Bring your own image for production workloads or test from the Azure Gallery.
  • Reduce costs with pooled, multi-session resources. With the new Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session capability exclusive to Windows Virtual Desktop and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role on Windows Server, you can greatly reduce the number of virtual machines and operating system (OS) overhead while still providing the same resources to your users.
  • Provide individual ownership through personal (persistent) desktops.

Deploy and scale quickly with Azure portal

The Azure portal is your management hub for Windows Virtual Desktop. Configure network, deploy desktop, and enable security with a few clicks. Setup automated scaling with Logic Apps and manage your images efficiently with Azure image gallery. You focus on your desktop apps and policies and Azure will focus on managing the rest.



Why trust Windows Virtual Desktop?


Built-in security

  • Securely store all your employee and company data in Azure instead of local desktops
  • Leverage Azure security offering such as Azure Firewall, Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender ATP for end to end security from the endpoint to the applications

Dynamic policy engines

  • Use conditional access to manage risks before you grant users access to your Windows Virtual Desktop environment
  • Setup Multi-factor authentication for secure login
  • Protect your Azure infrastructure by enabling role-based access control (RBAC) and detect threats using Azure Security Center


  • Take advantage of Windows Virtual Desktop compliance certifications including ISO 27001, 27018 and 27701, PCI, FedRAMP High for Commercial and HIPAA



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

  • Microsoft 365 E3/E5;
  • Microsoft 365 A3/A5/Student Use Benefits;
  • Microsoft 365 F3;
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5;
  • Windows 10 Education A3/A5;
  • Windows 10 VDA per user

You need an Azure account and subscription to quickly deploy and manage your virtualization environment. These are the Azure components that factor into the price of a Windows Virtual Desktop deployment.

  • Virtual machines and operating system (OS) storage
  • Data disk (personal desktop only)
  • User profile storage
  • Networking