Cloud PC size recommendations

Windows 365 offers fixed-price licensing (through Microsoft 365) for different Cloud PC sizes. You should assess your business requirements to determine which sizes make sense for your users.

If extra resources are needed for the Cloud PC, an admin or end user can easily upgrade the size of their Cloud PC. For more information, see Resize a Cloud PC.

For information about end-user hardware requirements, see End-user hardware requirements.

This table shows examples of the different sizes available for a Cloud PC:

Cloud PC CPUs, RAM, and storage Example scenarios Recommended apps
1vCPU/2GB/64GB* Firstline workers, call centers, education/training/CRM access. Office (web-based), Microsoft Edge, OneDrive, lightweight line-of-business app (call center application – web-apps), Defender support.
2vCPU/4GB/256GB
2vCPU/4GB/128GB
2vCPU/4GB/64GB
Mergers and acquisition, short-term and seasonal, customer services Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams (Audio only), OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Edge, line-of-business apps, Defender support.
2vCPU/8GB/256GB
2vCPU/8GB/128GB
Bring-your-own-PC, work from home, market researchers, government, consultants. Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Edge, line-of-business apps, Defender support.
4vCPU/16GB/512GB
4vCPU/16GB/256GB
4vCPU/16GB/128GB
Finance, government, consultants, healthcare services, bring-your-own-PC, work from home. Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Power BI, Dynamics 365, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Edge, line-of-business app, Defender support.
8vCPU/32GB/512GB
8vCPU/32GB/256GB
8vCPU/32GB/128GB
Software developers, engineers, content creators, design and engineering workstations. Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Access, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Edge, Power BI, Visual Studio Code, virtualization-based workloads: Hyper-V, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), line-of-business apps, and Defender support.

* The 1vCPU option is being retired. Instead, we recommend the 2vCPU as the minimum configuration for new purchases.

The recommended gallery image is available in the Provisioning Policy marketplace. For more information, see Device images overview.

Test performance

To ensure experience expectations are met, you should test your deployment with simulation tools. You can track the user experience and resource consumption with services like Endpoint Analytics.

Next steps

For more information, see Device images overview.