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Microsoft has announced on 12th August,2016 next step in their broad partnership with Citrix in the remote desktop and applications space, they will start to “wind down” its Azure RemoteApp technology in favor of application virtualization software and services from its partner Citrix.
Microsoft plans to continue supporting existing Azure RemoteApp customers through August 31, 2017, after which time the service will be discontinued. New purchases of Azure RemoteApp will end October 1, 2016,
Microsoft has explained this step as below:
“Customers have provided us consistent feedback that they want a comprehensive, end-to-end, cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. The best way for us to deliver this is with Citrix through XenApp “express”, currently under development. XenApp “express” combines the simplicity of application remoting and the scalability of Azure with the security, management, and performance benefits of XenApp, to deliver Windows applications to any employee on any device. We will have much more to share on this offering through the coming months.”
Citrix officials described the situation a bit differently, saying Microsoft will be assisting Citrix in developing a next-generation Citrix XenApp and associated XenDesktop service.
Citrix officials added: “In many ways, you can look at this XenApp “express” service as Azure RemoteApp v2.0.”