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My Take on Microsoft’s Announcement to Retire Azure RemoteApp

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My Take on Microsoft’s Announcement to Retire Azure RemoteApp
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On Friday, August 12, 2016, Microsoft made the announcement that they are planning to retire Azure RemoteApp (ARA). According to the article, Microsoft and Citrix are jointly developing a new cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. This Azure RemoteApp 2.0 service was referred to as XenApp “express”. Only minutes after the Microsoft announcement, Citrix posted a related article on their blog. Now, after the dust has slowly settled, I wanted to share my thoughts on the announcement.

But first things first, here is a list of the important articles covering this topic.

  • May 27, 2016: Microsoft Using Citrix XenDesktop to Deliver Remote Windows 10 Desktops from Azure, by Benny Tritsch
  • August 3, 2016: Is Microsoft going to replace Azure RemoteApp with a new platform? By Gabe Knuth
  • August 12, 2016, 9:00 am PST: Application remoting and the Cloud, by the Microsoft RDS Team
  • August 12, 2016: Citrix to Introduce a Cloud Service that Delivers Secure Apps from Azure to any Device, by Bill Burley
  • August 12, 2016: Microsoft to drop Azure RemoteApp in favor of Citrix virtualization technologies, by Mary Jo Foley
  • August 12, 2016: End of an ARA: Azure RemoteApp is shutting down, Citrix stepping up with new Azure-based service, by Gabe Knuth
  • August 12, 2016: Azure RemoteApp is being deprecated, Microsoft partnering up with Citrix to create the next iteration on Azure in spirit of Azure RemoteApp! By Freek Berson
  • August 12, 2016: Azure RemoteApp Retirement Announced – Citrix XenApp “express” To Take Its Place, by Kris Griffin
  • August 15, 2016: Microsoft Azure RemoteApp and Citrix Cloud – An open letter to Microsoft Azure RemoteApp customers, by Kirill Tatarinov (Citrix CEO)

The most important statements in the article published by the Microsoft RDS Team are that Citrix XenApp “express” (or ARA 2.0) is intended to combine 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. New purchases of the current version of Azure RemoteApp will end as of October 1, 2016. Microsoft will continue to support existing Azure RemoteApp customers on the service through August 31, 2017. Citrix added in their article that “Microsoft recently announced its intent to wind down the Microsoft Azure RemoteApp service and assist Citrix in its effort to develop the next generation of the service.” This means that ARA 2.0 is not ready, yet. We’ll have to wait a little longer until we see a beta or a technology preview.

Read the entire article here, My Take on Microsoft’s Announcement to Retire Azure RemoteApp

via Dr. Benny Tritsch at drtritsch.com

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Benny Tritsch Dr. Benny Tritsch is a solution architect, market analyst, community leader, author and founder of DrTritsch.com. He is a Subject Matter Expert in IT virtualization, user workspace management and monitoring, Cloud technologies, enterprise mobility, graphics remoting and remote end user experience benchmarking. In his role as a principal consultant and technical evangelist he works with customers and partners across Europe and North America. Benny started his professional career in IT after he had received a master of science degree in physics for his research work at CERN. His IT focus in the 90s was computer graphics research and he received a PhD in computer science in 1996. From 1999 he has been in senior management positions at international IT vendors and consulting companies before starting his own consulting practice in 2015. He regularly speaks at major industry events around the world, including Microsoft TechEd/Ignite, Citrix Synergy, VMware VMworld, BriForum and E2EVC. Over the last decade Benny was awarded as a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), VMware vExpert and VMware EUC Champion.
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