Azure virtual desktop and Windows 365 are both cloud-based services that provide access to a Windows desktop, but they have different features, costs, and requirements.
Azure Virtual Desktop lets you run Windows applications and desktops on any device using an Azure Virtual Desktop client such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or HTML5.
If you are looking for more flexibility, customisation, and scalability for your virtual desktop, especially, multi-session access, then Azure Virtual Desktop is the right option for you.
The beauty of Azure virtual desktop is that it is a flexible and customizable solution that allows your business to create and manage multiple host pools, subscriptions, and virtual networks to support your business needs.
A big differentiator from Windows 365 desktop is that it supports Windows 10 or 11 Enterprise multi-session, which enables multiple users to share a single virtual machine. Azure virtual desktop is a pay-as-you-go service that charges customers based on the resources and time they use (W365 charges per-user).
You only pay for what you use, and you can scale up or down as needed. You also save on hardware, maintenance, and licensing costs.
Access your apps and desktops from anywhere, on any device, with a consistent user experience. You can also scale up or down your resources as needed and pay only for what you use.
Protect your data and apps with Azure's built-in security features, such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and conditional access. You can also use Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery to ensure business continuity in case of disasters.
Streamline your IT management and reduce costs with Azure Virtual Desktop. You can deploy and manage your apps and desktops from a single portal and use Azure Monitor and Azure Sentinel to troubleshoot and secure your environment. You can also integrate with Microsoft 365 and other Azure services to enhance your workflows and collaboration.
AVD can be very useful for support centres that need to provide remote support for customers or employees. They can connect to a virtual desktop environment which provides them with the tools and applications to troubleshoot issues remotely. This can be easily customized to meet the specific needs of the support team - adding or removing applications as required.
If you have branches and offices in different locations, employees can access the virtual desktop environment from any location, using any device, without the need for a VPN. This can help to reduce hardware and IT costs, as well as streamline IT management and maintenance.
Azure Virtual Desktop allows you to quickly provision virtual desktop environments for the new employees, without the need for additional hardware or infrastructure. Once the project is complete, the virtual desktops can be easily decommissioned, helping to reduce costs and increase agility. AVD can be integrated with other cloud services, such as Azure Active Directory and Azure Storage, to provide a complete end-to-end solution for temporary projects.
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