Windows Server 2016 is expected to release in Q3 of this year. This highly-anticipated release brings a host of exciting features that create new possibilities for IT to deliver ever-demanding, modern workloads.
It’s the server counterpart to Windows 10 – Microsoft’s client OS that has seen phenomenal adoption since its release last year and is now ranked second in usage behind Windows 7 (Windows XP is a close third, which, I’ll admit, is somewhat scary to me).
Citrix has had a close, tight-knit partnership with Microsoft for more than two decades. Recently, we’ve delivered a joint solution in our latest version of secure, optimized Skype for Business delivery in virtualized environments.
For Server 2016, we are, once again, in lock-step with Microsoft and have announced publicly that we will target Day 1 support for Server 2016 upon release. In fact, it’s possible to use pre-release Server 2016 builds now for delivering apps and desktops.
XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8–freshly released!–now supports Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 4 for non-production use. Get a head start testing this version as the platform for delivering your apps and desktops, as well as the underlying OS for core Citrix delivery infrastructure components. Check out my video on Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview Support in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 for more details.
I encourage everyone to start exploring Windows Server 2016 integration within their XenApp and XenDesktop environments today. Use it for infrastructure components, management consoles and most importantly to deliver apps and desktops.
How will your organization prepare for Windows Server 2016? We’d love to hear your thoughts in our Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview discussion area.