Gartner Research

Prepare to Pay More for VDI as Microsoft Phases Out Roaming Rights for Windows

Published: 16 June 2016

ID: G00302876

Analyst(s): Michael Silver , Stephen White


Roaming rights for Windows SA and VDA will end as soon as 31 January 2017. Endpoint computing and procurement managers whose users access VDI from multiple devices must evaluate the options to move to per user licensing, so they can optimize their costs and avoid Microsoft audits.

Table Of Contents
  • Impact


  • User-Based Licensing Shift
  • What About Roaming Rights for Office?

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Organizations taking advantage of roaming rights in Windows SA or VDA will need to change to more expensive, but easier to manage, user-based licensing at their next renewal
    • Understand the Difference Between Add-On vs. Full-User Subscriptions
    • Consider Other User-Owned Devices That May Run a Local VM That May Need to Be Licensed
    • Be Prepared to Prove Compliance
    • Windows SA by User Is Included in ECS
    • Windows SA by User Provides VDI Rights for the Cloud

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