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Windows 10 Heads for the Clouds

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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By Adam Harding
Chief Technologist for End User Computing

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Yesterday, Microsoft made the long-awaited announcement that from September 2017, virtualisation use rights will be included in Windows 10 as part of the cloud solution provider (CSP) program.

This evolution is aimed at business customers, providing them with greater choice when it comes to the deployment of Windows 10. From 6th September 2017, organisations will have the ability to host virtual instances of Windows 10 in Azure or with a qualified multitenant hosting partner.

This is great news, as it provides organisations considerably greater flexibility in the way in which they deliver applications and desktop services, in particular allowing them to take advantage of cloud, where this was previously prevented by licensing restrictions.

CSP Subscription Offerings

Microsoft have created four subscription offerings in the CSP program, these include Windows 10 virtualisation use rights:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 will be available with or without virtualisation use rights
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 will be updated to include virtualisation use rights
  • A new Windows 10 Enterprise E3 VDA offering will be created for customers that require access to Windows VMs on non-Windows Pro devices
  • Customers purchasing, or already subscribed to Microsoft 365 Enterprise, (formerly known as Secure Productive Enterprise) via CSP will automatically receive Windows 10 virtualisation use rights at no extra cost

Regarding the above, compute and consumption charges may apply based on your virtual machine usage.

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