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Microsoft to Power Cloud Software Group’s Future with $1.65 Billion Investment

Cloud Software Group and Microsoft renew partnership for $1.65 billion. Focus on cloud, productivity (Microsoft 365, GitHub Copilot) and AI.


Cloud Software Group (CSG) and have entered into a renewed partnership, committing $1.65 billion to leverage Microsoft's cloud services, productivity tools, and AI technologies. This agreement marks a continuation of a long-standing relationship between Microsoft and one of CSG's key members, Citrix, which spans over three decades. Citrix, known for its remote and multi-user access solutions, will maintain its position as a “preferred Microsoft Global Azure Partner solution for Enterprise Desktop as a Service when collaborating with joint Azure customers.”

Enhanced Collaboration and Commitments

Under the terms of the new deal, Citrix's products will be prominently featured in the Azure Marketplace, reinforcing its status within Microsoft's cloud ecosystem. Furthermore, the agreement specifies that Microsoft Azure will serve as CSG's preferred cloud platform, a decision that typically comes with advantageous long-term pricing options. Additionally, the collaboration includes a significant commitment from CSG to adopt Microsoft 365 for all its employees, aiming to bolster productivity and facilitate joint go-to-market strategies with the aid of advanced AI tools.

Another notable aspect of the partnership is the focus on developer productivity, with CSG's engineering teams set to utilize GitHub Copilot. This tool, designed to enhance coding efficiency by leveraging AI, is expected to boost R&D productivity by over 20 percent. Moreover, Spotfire, a member organization within CSG and formerly part of Tibco, has developed a Copilot extension on Microsoft Azure OpenAI service, further demonstrating the deep integration and shared technological goals between CSG and Microsoft.

Future Implications and Market Position

Despite the strengthened alliance and Citrix's preferred partner status, Microsoft has clarified that it will continue to offer its own solutions, including Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365, with Citrix integrations. This approach underscores Microsoft's commitment to providing customers with the best possible cloud solutions tailored to their needs, without exclusively favoring Citrix's virtual desktops over its own offerings.

This partnership not only reinforces the longstanding relationship between Citrix and Microsoft but also signals a significant investment in the future of cloud computing, productivity enhancement, and AI development. As these technologies continue to evolve, the collaboration between Cloud Software Group and Microsoft is poised to drive innovation and offer comprehensive solutions to meet the diverse needs of their global customer base.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.