The relationship between Citrix and Microsoft went to the next level today. Technology company Citrix has announced the release of its Windows 10 desktop-as-a-service VDI, running on Microsoft Azure. The company also committed to a previous agreement for its apps-as-a-service product to replace Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp. Today's announcement at the Citrix Summit in Anaheim, California extends a partnership announced between Citrix and Microsoft last year. As part of that agreement, Microsoft started phasing out Azure RemoteApp in favor of Citrix solutions. The company says its RemoteApp replacement will be available during Q1 of 2017. There are two new services in development, Citrix XenDesktop Essentials and XenApp Essentials. Both were launched today and were created in collaboration with Microsoft and the Azure team. Citrix offers application and desktop virtualization, networking, software as a service (SaaS), and cloud computing technologies. XenDesktop Essentials gives organizations tools to create virtual instance of Windows 10 as a service. This is possible through existing software licenses. Microsoft will make the app available in the Azure Marketplace this quarter. Similarly, XenApp Essentials will give companies the ability to place Windows 10 Enterprise images on Azure.
Microsoft and Citrix Expand Relationship with New Azure Solutions
XenDesktop Essentials and XenApp Essentials have been created for Azure by Citrix and Microsoft, while Citrix services will replace Azure RemoteApp sometime this quarter.