When Microsoft showed the world its Windows 365 Cloud PC desktop-as-a-service last month, officials said that the prices would arrive when the service becomes generally available.
That day was August 2 and, as promised, Microsoft published the pricing, which ranges from $20 per user per month for the lowest end SKU, to $162 per user per month, for the most expensive options.
Windows 365 is the newest Microsoft remote-desktop offering, which builds on top of and complements Azure Virtual Desktop. Windows 365 will give users the ability to bring their Windows 10 or Windows 11 (once it is available) apps, data, tools, and settings, to personal and work devices, including Macs, iPads, Linux, Android, and PCs.
All of this ability to move things around uses a native Remote Desktop application or web browser.
On July 15, Microsoft Officials seemingly accidentally revealed pricing for one of the few Windows 365 SKUs at $31 per user per month. The pricing is now public and is based on the number of virtual cores, RAM, or storage a customer will have access to on their Cloud PC virtual machine.
Windows 365 has two editions available (Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise). The Windows 365 Business SKUs have a limit of 300 users per organization.
Windows Hybrid Benefit
The $20 per user per month Business price is for a single virtual core with 2GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and requires the Windows Hybrid Benefit. Hybrid Benefits are Microsoft’s bring-your-own-license model, allowing customers to use existing or new licenses toward the price of a product.
Without the model, the SKU would cost $24 per user per month.
The highest-end configuration has eight virtual cores, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage at $162 per user per month or $158, with the Windows Hybrid Benefit.