Posted by: kurtsh | July 11, 2017

NEWS: Windows 10 Enterprise VMs coming soon to Microsoft Azure

imageYesterday, we made a big announcement, essentially making it possible for customers to license & run “Windows 10 Enterprise” within a VM in Microsoft Azure cloud. (or other IaaS services)

Today, we’re making two announcements that provide our business customers with greater choice. The first is that virtualization use rights will be coming to Windows 10 subscriptions in the cloud solution provider (CSP) program starting in September, with the flexibility to host in both Azure or with 3rd party hosting partners. And the second announcement is a new certification program for 3rd party hosting partners that wish to host virtual machines (VMs) licensed via CSP subscriptions.

To be clear, this licensing scenario was previously not available:  Windows 10 client OS was not allowed to be licensed for use in the cloud, however, with the inclusion of Windows 10 virtualization use rights in Windows 10 Enterprise E5 (or acquired separately – see below), customers may now run VDI environments within the cloud to deliver Windows & Windows applications anywhere there’s an Internet connection.

Beginning September 6th, 2017, customers will be able to choose from five subscription offerings in the CSP program with Windows 10 virtualization use rights, enabling Windows VMs to be hosted in Azure or with a qualified multitenant hosting partner:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 will be available with or without virtualization use rights
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 will be updated to include virtualization 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 virtualization use rights at no extra cost

Compute and consumption charges may apply based on VM use.

To learn more about Windows Enterprise subscriptions in CSP or to find a Windows 10 in CSP partner please visit this page.

To learn more about Windows virtualization licensing please refer to this document.

Did you catch that last bullet?  Let’s read that again:

  • Customers purchasing or already subscribed to Microsoft 365 Enterprise (formerly known as Secure Productive Enterprise) via CSP will automatically receive Windows 10 virtualization use rights at no extra cost

Grandfathering!  Now that’s a deal.  Read more at the announcement blog.


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