Windows 365

What is Windows 365?


Windows 365 is a cloud-based service that automatically creates a new type of Windows virtual machine (Cloud PCs) for your end users. Each Cloud PC is assigned to an individual user and is their dedicated Windows device. Windows 365 provides the productivity, security, and collaboration benefits of Microsoft 365.

What is a Cloud PC?

A Cloud PC is a highly available, optimised and scalable virtual machine providing end users with a rich Windows desktop experience. It’s hosted in the Windows 365 service and is accessible from anywhere, on any device.

End users have a 1:1 relationship with their Cloud PC. It is their own personal PC in the cloud. Users can connect to their Cloud PC by using and app-based access is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.


Cloud PCs are billed in a per-user per-month cost model. This model means your organisation does not have to manage the variability of compute and storage costs of a traditional hosted desktop model such as Azure Virtual Desktop.

Selecting the Right Solution

Cloud PC – Windows 365

A complete Software as a Service (SaaS) service that securely streams your personalised Windows desktop, apps, settings, and content from the Microsoft cloud to any device.

Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – Azure Virtual Desktop

A cloud VDI platform that delivers hosted desktops and apps with maximum flexibility.

  • Deliver the only multi-session Windows 10 experience.
  • Enable optimisation for Microsoft 365 apps for Enterprise.
  • Stream apps to deliver SaaS solutions to your employees and customers.
  • Deploy and scale in minutes.
  • Integrate with management solutions form Citrix or VMware.

Cloud PC - Windows 365 Features

Cloud PC – Windows 365 (optimised for simplicity)

  • Windows 10 or Windows 11 personalised desktop
  • Complete end to end Microsoft service
  • One-stop administration in Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Enterprise Edition)
  • Direct self-service model (Business edition)
  • No hypervisor-level backups
  • Local profiles stored on C: drive
  • Predictable per user pricing

Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – Azure Virtual Desktop

Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – Azure Virtual Desktop (optimised for flexibility)

  • Windows 10, Windows 11, or Windows Server multi-session desktops
  • Remote app streaming
  • Full control over configuration and management
  • Citrix and VMware support
  • Full backup and DR flexibility of Azure
  • Profile options including FSLogix with Azure or NetApp files
  • Flexible consumption-based pricing

Windows 365 & Azure Virtual Desktop

Defender for Endpoints

Windows 365

  • Personalised Windows 365 Cloud PCs available across devices
  • Simple and turn-key to buy and deploy
  • Predictable per user, per month pricing
  • Easily scalable compute and storage
  • No VDI experience or skills required


Azure Virtual Desktop

  • Flexibility and control
  • Multi-session Windows VMs
  • Data residency and geo requirements
  • Remote app streaming
  • Specialised GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and HPC (High Performance Computing) workloads
  • Scalable computing and storage to optimise for cost and experience

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