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February 25, 2023

Windows 365 Cloud PC versus Azure Virtual Desktop: which one fits your business?

Are you looking for a virtual workplace solution for your employees? Virtual desktops are in high demand because you work in a secure and familiar environment regardless of location or device. Microsoft is promoting 2 types of Virtual Desktops: Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Windows 365 Cloud PC. This offer raises many questions. In addition, as an organization you face a challenge in choosing the right solution. With this blog, we will help you get started in making your choice.

Azure Virtual Desktop versus Windows 365 Cloud PC

The battle has begun. Time to look for the best choice for you. It’s helpful to know that they both run on the Azure Platform. That means you can expect high-quality virtual desktop technology with either option. But while they are very similar, there are some differences that can be made. We look at the main differences between the two virtual workplace solutions:

Windows 365 Cloud PC:

  • Easy to configure: the virtual work environment is ready for your employees with just a few clicks. Even without a solid amount of IT knowledge
  • Limited flexibility: there is little to no control over the configuration of the machine
  • You pay a fixed price per month, regardless of usage. This may also result in a higher price.
  • There is no way to adjust the performance of the virtual machines without assigning a new license
  • Each virtual machine is assigned to 1 user, so you need a license per machine.

Azure Virtual Desktop:

  • High flexibility allows computers to adapt to your employees
  • You pay for what you use, smart configurations such as multi-user sessions reduce costs and strengthen your security
  • Advanced monitoring with Azure Monitor enables proactive management with high-level security
  • Proper configuration requires a lot of IT expertise.
  • Fully optimized for all your trusted Microsoft 365 apps and business software

Which of the two is your appropriate solution?

Windows 365 Cloud PC is attractive to smaller businesses where flexibility is less of an issue. With simplicity, your employees quickly get to work in a familiar environment. Because of the fixed price per month, you are sure of your expenses, but you do lose the opportunity to cut costs. In addition, you get little control over the setup of your virtual environment. For smaller organizations that do not want to deploy dedicated enterprise applications and want to get up and running quickly, this is certainly a strong contender.

Azure Virtual Desktop wins out over Windows 365 Cloud PC for growing businesses. That’s because you enjoy virtual machines that are fully scalable, configurable and manageable with advanced settings and policies. This way, your virtual desktop will be tailored to the needs of your organization. In addition, AVD offers the possibility of multi-user sessions. This means you can have multiple employees on 1 machine. Finally, with the pay-as-you-go model, you pay only for use. That’s great for your wallet!

Windows 365 Cloud PC is the right choice for you if you:

  • Want to use a virtual desktop without an experienced IT team
  • Want security based on a fixed price per month
  • No flexible environment required

Azure Virtual Desktop is the right choice for you if you:

  • Are a growing organization and want all your employees to work securely in a virtual environment
  • Take advantage of high flexibility with the ability to reconfigure virtual machines
  • Want to save significant costs with smart configurations

Source: safe-connect

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