Microsoft Office 2016 Impact on XenDesktop Scalability

A day doesn’t go by when I don’t open up at least one Microsoft Office application.  Even on weekends, when I’m not working, I usually open at least one application.

It should be of little surprise that Microsoft Office is one of the most used set of applications in many RDS/VDI deployments.

But what impact does Microsoft Office have on overall single server scalability?

How does the impact change as we move users from Office 2010 to 2013 and onto 2016?


As you can see, single server density decreases.

  • Office 2010 gives us the best scalability.
  • Office 2013 reduces single server density by 20% when compared to Office 2010
  • Office 2016 reduces single server density by 25% when compared to Office 2010

If you’ve followed the blog series on Windows 10 scalability, then remember that those numbers were based on Office 2013.  If Office 2010 were used, those numbers would be higher, with Office 2016, the numbers end up being slightly lower.

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
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1 thought on “Microsoft Office 2016 Impact on XenDesktop Scalability”

  1. Hi Daniel,

    what are the resources driving down user density with Office 2016 vs. Office 2010? Is it CPU, memory, or both? Thanks.


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