Windows Virtual Desktop Access

Use Windows Virtual Desktop Access to:

  • Extend the value of your virtual desktop environment by deploying your desktops anywhere, locally or in the datacentre
  • Expand end-user productivity with increased flexibility to access virtual desktops outside of the work environment

Windows Virtual Desktop Access lets you access virtual desktop environments from Software Assurance-covered PCs, and allows the PC's user to remotely access their virtual desktops from third-party devices such as personal PCs and hotel kiosks.

Before you use:

Support your Virtual Desktop Environment
No matter what your reasons for choosing a virtual desktop environment, Software Assurance has you covered. When you carry Software Assurance on Windows, you can use your licensed PCs to access your company's virtual desktop environment at no additional licensing cost. 


Flexibility to Roam
When the primary users of company licensed PCs (your employees) move outside the company network, they can remotely access their corporate desktop images using third-party PCs such as personal laptops or hotel kiosk.


Thin Client Devices Still Need Licensing
Certain devices, such as thin clients, are not eligible for Software Assurance and therefore will not have Windows Virtual Desktop Access Rights. You can license such devices with a Windows VDA subscription license.

When you use:

Deploy with MDOP to Help Reduce Costs
To streamline virtual desktop management and capture even greater savings use the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP). Available as an add-on subscription service, MDOP helps accelerate productivity and savings gains by speeding up application delivery and compatibility with virtualisation technologies, and increasing user uptime and IT responsiveness through diagnostics, monitoring and policy management tools.


Use Your Licensing Rights
You need not take any formal action to utilise Windows Virtual Desktop Access. Simply use your Microsoft Volume Licensing media (or downloads) to install product as appropriate to your virtual desktop infrastructure and management system. Proof of license for Windows and Software Assurance coverage are evidence of your right to use this benefit.