In many large enterprise organisations, employees use their PCs to connect to Windows client VMs running on dedicated or multi-tenant hardware to access their work environment because of security needs. Microsoft is today announcing that Windows 10 E3 and E5 customers will now have the option to add virtualization use rights to Windows subscriptions in the cloud solution provider (CSP) program starting in September. It also comes with the flexibility to host in both Azure or with 3rd party hosting partners.
Beginning September 6th, 2017, enterprise customers will be able to choose from following subscription offerings with Windows 10 virtualization use rights,
- 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
Microsoft today also announced a new certification program for 3rd party hosting partners that wish to host virtual machines (VMs) licensed via CSP subscriptions.
Learn more about this here.