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Will Windows Server 2003 R2 Have App Publishing?

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I just got done reading an interesting article on www.brianmadden.com written by: By Tim Mangan, Founder, TMurgent Technologies.  It is a review from the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and in it he has one very interesting item. 

“Bob also mentioned—but did not describe—two new features for Terminal Server. One that he called “App Remoting” sounds suspiciously like published applications. Bob specifically referred to having the MMC console application running on the server from a client computer via a single click using Terminal Services. The other hint mentioned was having a “gateway” for remote access.” writes Mr. Mangan. 

So, what does this mean?  I’ve heard rumors that Microsoft is going to add published apps back in to R2, but then I hear it is just a vicious rumor.  A single click app launch sure sounds like publishing apps to me.  What type of interfaces would be built around this for the administrator?   How do the end-users get access to these “one click apps”?   Are they seamless?  These are just a few questions I have and I can’t wait to see the new TS enhancements. 

This brings me to the question, does this impact Citrix?   I would have to say, no.  Why?  Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 is not about publishing applications but about providing secure, constant access.  There is a huge difference.  Today’s Presentation Server really does a great job of managing the performance, usability and availability of a Citrix app.  Sure an enhanced Terminal Services product would be great, but all-in-all Citrix will for the near future, have more than a compelling value-add. 

What do you think?

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