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Citrix XenApp Express replaces Microsoft Azure RemoteApp – the facts so far


During the past week there has been a lot of excitement around the recent announcements regarding Azure RemoteApp being replaced by, what is now temporary called Citrix XenApp Express. Throughout this blog post I’d like to summarize what we know so far.

  • First of all, Microsoft has announced that Azure RemoteApp, ARA from now on, will no longer be sold after October 1st 2016. However, existing customers will remain supported until August 31, 2017.
  • During Ignite, September 26th, Microsoft and Citrix will showcase this ‘new’ cloud service to the world, though its exact name (now XenApp Express and also referred to as RemoteApp 2.0) is yet to be decided on. An early Tech Preview will be available somewhere in Q4 of this year, you can subscribe here if you are interested.
  • The partnership between Microsoft and Citrix has a long history, in fact it dates back over 25 years already. Just recently, during Citrix Synergy (May 2016) a new joint initiative was announced where Windows 10 based VDI machines were introduced as an Azure (only) cloud service powered by Citrix’s XenDesktop, exclusive to both MS and CTX, at least for now. According to Citrix, and I quote ‘the new service is being developed in conjunction with the previously announced XenDesktop for Windows 10 on Azure service. Unifying both efforts showcases the strength of the integrated Citrix and Microsoft partnership as well as demonstrates the commitment from both companies to deliver the best possible application and desktop experience’.

Read the entire article here, XenApp Express replaces Microsoft Azure RemoteApp – the facts so far

via Bas van Kaam at basvankaam.com

Bas van Kaam About 17 years ago Bas van Kaam started his IT career as a helpdesk support technician from where he worked his way up to system engineering, consulting and architecting mostly by self-study, attending seminars, conferences and webinars, something which he enjoys doing still. From a technical point of view he specializes in (partly) designing, building, maintaining, troubleshooting and optimizing Microsoft & SBC / VDI (Citrix) oriented infrastructures for mid-sized and larger companies. Bas is well known within the community for his contributions on his own personal website / blog: basvankaam.com where he shares his thoughts and knowledge on an ongoing basis. He is also a frequent presenter / speaker on national as well as international events and conferences like the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG), the Expert to Expert Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) and the Virtual Community NRW (Germany). He has been part of the Match.GeeK program during Citrix Synergy and also spoke at the first ever Virtual Expo (webinar) where he presented on Citrix native Printing. He loves the myCUGC community and as such is a (very) frequent forum visitor, contributor and has been appointed as one of the forum moderators. All this also resulted in being elected member of the month at one point. Also make sure to look Bas up on Twitter (@BasvanKaam) and Linked-In on which he is very active as well. Bas has been recognized as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP class of 2016), one of only 50 worldwide, a Citrix Subject Matter Expert (SME) for his contributions to the XenDesktop 7.6 exams and he is also named a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) for 2014 / 2015 / 2016. Some of his professional certifications include but are not limited to: CCSP, CCA (X4) CCAA, CCEE, CCIA, CCE-V, MCSA (X3), MCSE (X3), VCP. Bas is currently employed by The Detron ICT Group, one the leading SBC and VDI consultancy companies based in the Netherlands, where he fulfills the role of Senior Management Consultant and Citrix Product Lead.

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