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Windows 365 Cloud PC and Azure Virtual Desktop

Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a cloud-based computing model that delivers virtual desktops and applications to users over the internet. DaaS offers enterprises a cost-effective and scalable way to provide their employees with remote access to the resources they need to work productively – from any device, at anytime, anywhere.

Unlock your DaaS capabilities with Intelliworx, your trusted Microsoft Solutions Partner.

Windows 365 is a comprehensive suite of cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools and services. On the other hand, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that allows organisations to create and manage virtual desktops in the Microsoft Azure cloud environment.

 Feature Windows 365 Azure Virtual Desktop
Deployment TypeSoftware as a Service (SaaS)Hosted on Azure
PersonalisationPersonalised, powerful, and secure Windows 10 or 11 experienceFlexible configuration options, but may require more management
ScalabilityScalable Cloud PCs for any deviceSuitable for specialised workloads with high-capacity computing and storage
BYOPC SupportSupports Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) programsSupports secure access to Cloud PCs, even on personal devices
Disaster RecoveryAids in disaster recovery and workforce continuityCan be used for disaster recovery and flexible workforce management
Deployment and DecommissioningSimple onboarding and offboarding for flexible workforcesStreamlined deployment and decommissioning processes
Ideal forHybrid workforcesSpecialised workloads, BYOPC scenarios, and high-capacity computing needs

Windows 365 Cloud PC is best for…

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is best for…

End-User Experience

Windows 365 Cloud PC

  • Seamless device agnosticism: Access from Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux devices, and web browsers
  • Personalised experience: Consistent desktop environment across all devices
  • Always-on readiness: Cloud PCs are always online and ready for use

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

  • Familiar desktop experience: Choice of pooled or dedicated desktops
  • Tailored personalisation: Flexibility to customise desktops to individual needs
  • Choice of virtual machine types: Supports a wide range of virtual machine types to accommodate various workloads

Technical Features

Windows 365 Cloud PC

  • Limited Azure AD integration, requiring a domain controller for certain features.
  • Limited MEM and Intune integrations.
  • Standard deployment process through the Azure portal.
  • Specific pre-configured options for business and enterprise use.
  • Flexible hardware requirements, allowing for streaming on less powerful devices.
  • Hosted in Microsoft’s cloud and provided as a service, independent of an organisation’s Azure environment.

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

  • Strong integration with Azure AD, eliminating the need for a domain controller.
  • Supports MEM and Intune integrations for device management within the virtual environment.
  • Quick start mode for deployment, simplifying the administration process.
  • Flexible configuration options for creating custom virtual desktops.
  • Requires high-powered hardware on the user’s end for optimal performance.
  • Deployed on Azure infrastructure, requiring management of Azure resources.

Licensing Requirements

Windows 365 Cloud PC

  • Per-user licensing model
  • User-based costs vary based on computing power requirements
  • Additional licensing required for enterprise administration

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

  • More complex licensing due to integration with on-premises systems
  • Compatibility checks required for physical hardware and software
  • Licensing must ensure seamless integration with Azure services

Security Features

Windows 365 Cloud PC

  • Streamlined security management: Simplified approach to security configuration and administration.
  • Suitable for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs): Easy-to-manage security features catering to SMBs’ needs.
  • Enterprise-grade encryption and MFA: Employs advanced encryption and multi-factor authentication for enhanced protection.
  • Azure Active Directory integration: Seamless identity management aligned with industry security best practices.
  • Robust security features: Comprehensive security measures built on Azure’s secure foundation.


Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

  • Granular security control: Tailored security settings to meet specific organisational needs.
  • Customizable security posture: Adaptable to comply with industry standards and regulations.
  • Enterprise-grade encryption: Protects sensitive data using industry-leading encryption techniques.
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA): Enhances security by requiring multiple verification steps for user access.
  • Azure Active Directory integration: Streamlines identity and access management for a robust security framework.

Harnessing the AVD Expertise of a Microsoft Solutions Partner

Navigating the complexities of next-generation AI solutions and their organisational impact can be daunting. By partnering with a Microsoft Solutions Partner like Intelliworx, you gain access to a wealth of expertise and experience that will guide you through the process and ensure you maximise the benefits of Windows 365 Cloud PC and AVD. Contact Intelliworx today to embark on a streamlined path towards managing your own DaaS solution.

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