The ability to deliver Windows 10 Enterprise desktops from the Azure cloud is just around the corner. Here are some additional details to help you plan.

Microsoft announced pending changes to Windows 10 Product Term (PT).These changes will enable EA (Enterprise Agreement) customers with Windows 10 Enterprise licensed per user and under software assurance (SA) to deliver Windows 10 Enterprise Current Branch for Business (CBB) on Microsoft Azure. Coming soon to the Azure Marketplace, Citrix XenDesktop Essentials will enable eligible Microsoft customers to deliver a high-performance Windows 10 Enterprise virtual desktop experience from Azure with the power of XenDesktop. XenDesktop Essentials Service will accelerate Windows 10 Enterprise migration while simplifying ongoing maintenance and operations.

The interest in XenDesktop Essentials has been astonishing and many of you are eager to learn more about this exciting new Citrix Cloud service, coming soon to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. While the new service is not yet available, we know you need to plan and want to share some much-requested information around pricing and packaging. This information will help you evaluate all your Citrix Cloud service options for deploying Windows 10 Enterprise virtual desktops on Azure as well as the associated business applications that enable you to deliver a comprehensive secure digital workspace.

When delivering a secure digital workspace powered by Citrix Cloud, you truly mobilize the workforce and provide secure, high performance access to your business applications and data from any device. Citrix Cloud offers the complete Citrix Workspace Service, which includes the XenApp Service and XenDesktop Service, as a way to manage and provide secure access to the apps, desktops, and data your employees need to get work done from one integrated, cloud-hosted console.

XenDesktop Essentials Pricing and Packaging

We are pleased to announce that XenDesktop Essentials will soon be available for $12 per user per month. You will be able to purchase XenDesktop Essentials for as few as 25 users on a monthly basis. Complete pricing and discounting information is available on

Citrix XenDesktop Essentials on Azure simplifies Windows 10 Enterprise migration, expedites deployment and streamlines ongoing management at scale while delivering a rich user experience. Citrix also offers the Citrix Cloud XenApp & XenDesktop Service for delivery of both apps and desktops, plus advanced management and monitoring capabilities.


Why choose XenDesktop Essentials for your business:

Together with Microsoft, Citrix is developing XenDesktop Essentials. XenDesktop Essentials leverages the power of Citrix HDX technologies to provide every user with secure access to a high-definition Windows 10 Enterprise digital workspace on Azure from any device, including Mac, Android, Windows, and Linux devices. XenDesktop Essentials will be the only Citrix Cloud service available directly within the Azure Marketplace that can instantly provision and securely deliver hundreds or thousands of Windows 10 Enterprise desktops on Azure to every user worldwide. This gives you the ability to manage your Azure infrastructure side-by-side with management tools that will enable you to instantly provision and securely deliver hundreds or thousands of Windows 10 Enterprise virtual desktops on Azure to every user worldwide.

With an option to purchase XenDesktop Essentials as a monthly pay-as-you-go service, you can provision hundreds of Windows 10 Enterprise desktops on-demand. For example, your IT team can instantly dial up multiple Windows 10 Enterprise desktops to seasonal workers during a busy month. Once the burst of activity subsides, you can remove those desktops, enabling you to pay for only what you use.

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