Deploy and manage Windows 365 Cloud PCs quickly, easily, and cost-effectively with Nerdio Manager.
What is Windows 365?
Windows 365 is a Microsoft 365 virtual desktop product that offers organizations a monthly fixed-price subscription to a Cloud PC that is dedicated to a user and can be managed using the exact same tools as a traditional Windows PC. Making a Cloud PC available to a user (once the initial environment is set up) is a matter of assigning a Microsoft 365 license.
Each Cloud PC is a persistent VM that is dedicated to a specific user at a fixed price per user per month and is part of the Microsoft 365 cloud rather than Azure. The Cloud PC is based and built upon the existing global Azure Virtual Desktop infrastructure as part of the Azure Cloud.
All security software agents, licensed applications or patches recognize the VM as a single-user, traditional Windows device running on the same Windows 10/11 Enterprise operating system. Windows 10 EVD (multi-session) is not currently supported. All this is important to make Cloud PCs behave and be managed together with and like physical devices, and over time replace physical machines with Cloud PCs.
Cloud PCs are delivered as a SaaS offering and managed through Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) and the M365 admin portal, rather than through the more complex Azure portal like AVD – unless you are using Nerdio Manager.
Cloud PCs securely stream desktop apps, settings, and content from the Microsoft cloud to users’ devices to provide a personalized Windows experience. With cloud PCs, Windows evolves from a device-based operating system to hybrid personalized computing.
Each Cloud PC is a persistent VM that is dedicated to a specific user at a fixed price per user, per month, and is part of the Microsoft 365 cloud rather than Azure. The Cloud PC is based and built upon the existing global Azure Virtual Desktop infrastructure as part of the Azure Cloud.
Windows 365 Pricing
Windows 365 license costs depend on the hardware specs that a user needs. Each desktop comes with a certain number of vCPUs, GB of RAM, and SSD storage. If we align the vCPU and RAM configuration of each cloud PC license with a comparable Azure VM size and managed disk, we can then compare their costs side-by-side. Windows 365 Cloud PCs are most cost-effective when users need dedicated, persistent desktops and will be using them more than 50 hours per week.
Windows 365 Business vs. Enterprise
There are currently two Windows 365 Cloud PC versions that Microsoft offers: Enterprise and Business.
Enterprise Cloud PCs are designed for organizations who have invested into Microsoft Endpoint Manager and are using this powerful platform to manage their existing, physical Windows 10 desktops. Enterprise Cloud PCs require an Intune license for each user who is assigned a cloud PC M365 SKU.
Business Cloud PCs are designed for individual users and very small businesses who typically go to their local Best Buy when they need a new PC. Now, instead of visiting Best Buy, they can go to Microsoft and subscribe to a new Cloud PC and have it ready to use in an hour. Business Cloud PCs do not require an Intune license and are managed entirely by the user, similar to a standalone physical PC.
Windows 365 vs. Azure Virtual Desktop
Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop and two virtual desktop products offered by Microsoft. Depending on you or your organization’s needs, one of these options should fit the bill.
Deploying & Managing Windows 365
Easily deploy and manage Windows 365 Cloud PC using Nerdio Manager for an affordable price. Save time and money by eliminating user errors and automate the process from start to finish.
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Windows 365 + Nerdio
Stand up the virtual environment, get the images in place, and set up the required networking and identity.
Enable application management, desktop updates, and monitoring, all from a single console.
Nerdio Manager extends the native Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Windows 365 experience
Create a new all-PaaS environment of AVD supporting services + AVD hosts.
Deployment Time: 60 Minutes
Create AVD supporting services leveraging existing components + AVD hosts.
Deployment Time: 30 Minutes
Connect to existing Azure environment and extend with AVD.
Deployment Time: 10 Minutes
Overlay on top of existing AVD deployment to enhance management and auto-scaling.
Deployment Time: 10 Minutes