Microsoft “winding down” Azure RemoteApp, recommending Citrix XenApp as replacement

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The reality of Microsoft’s new spirited approach to partnerships means the inevitable closure to some of its own would-be-competing projects. According to the company’s Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog, Microsoft announced earlier today, August 16, 2016, it will be sunsetting its Azure RemoteApp as it seeks to leverage new platform support from Citrix’s XenApp “express.”

With Citrix already servicing 300,000 companies worldwide with desktop virtualization solutions as well as providing cloud based and SaaS products, Microsoft’s move to buddy up with the company to help bolster its own cloud platform strategy makes sense.

While Citrix’s Xen “express” is still in development stages, Microsoft believes in its potential enough to alerts is current Azure RemoteApp users more than a year in advance, that it will be encouraging adoption of the new service to meet their ever growing cloud-based end-to-end demands. As Azure RemoteApp support and service end on August 31, 2017, customers will be, over time, issued to XenApp “express” or other partnered Remote Desktop Services deployed on Azure IaaS when the time comes.

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.

Fortunately, with a years’ worth of headway, Microsoft can work with customers and partners on the company’s decision to fully support a transition to Citrix’s Xen “express” barring any hold up with the service during development and deployment.

To coincide with Microsoft ending new purchases of Azure RemoteApp in October of 2016, developers working on Citrix Xen App “express” are scheduled to release a beta of the service sometime in Q4 2016.

As Microsoft seeks to transition itself from a hard nosed combatant in the industry to a more level headed partnering and support client, customers and users alike may be noticing the company shedding some of its own in-house solutions for arguably better suited 3rd party alternatives.

However, when it comes the cloud and Azure, it would seem Microsoft has a soft spot for its in-house development. Yet, despite Microsoft’s inherent tendency to choose its own Azure solutions, it appears that whatever Citrix has baked in its development oven will be magnitudes easier or efficient for Azure customers.

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