Today marks a monumental milestone for the Citrix and Microsoft partnership. Citrix XenDesktop Essentials Service and Citrix XenApp Essentials Service are now available in the Azure Marketplace. Now, customers purchase Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop technology directly from the Azure Marketplace on a subscription basis.

XenDesktop Essentials—Accelerate Windows 10 Migration

XenDesktop Essentials Service is designed exclusively for Windows 10 Enterprise Current Branch for Business (CBB) virtual desktops hosted on Microsoft Azure. Now available in the Azure Marketplace, XenDesktop Essentials will enable IT organizations who have Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 Per User or Windows VDA Per User License, the option to use Azure HUB Client Preview image from Azure gallery to deliver a high-performance Windows 10 Enterprise CBB virtual desktop experience from Azure by leveraging the provisioning, management and secure, remote access experience that only XenDesktop technology can deliver.

Citrix will offer customers who have purchased Windows Software Assurance on a per-user basis the option to host their Windows 10 Enterprise Current Branch for Business images on Azure through its XenDesktop VDI solution. This will be an industry first! This means you can deploy virtual apps or desktops and accelerate Windows 10 adoption for those customers who are using Microsoft Cloud solutions. Pretty incredible. — Brad Andersen, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility (ECM)

XenDesktop Essentials includes the advanced XenDesktop management, monitoring, and high-performance, secure-access technology available in our industry-leading XenDesktop solution now available directly from the Azure Marketplace. As a Citrix Cloud service, XenDesktop Essentials also includes Citrix Smart Scale – a unique, Citrix differentiating service that proactively scales and power manages cloud infrastructure based on business needs to enhance performance and control costs.

Learn more about XenDesktop Essentials, including pricing, at

XenApp Essentials—Securely Deliver Windows Apps from Azure

XenApp Essentials Service is the easiest and fastest way to securely deliver Windows apps from Microsoft Azure to any device. For the first time, you can now purchase the new cloud service directly through the Azure Marketplace. XenApp Essentials has been optimized for Azure and combines the industry-leading XenApp technology with a simple, prescriptive and easy-to-consume app delivery solution. XenApp Essentials delivers a simplified management experience that mirrors many of the existing Azure RemoteApp workflows customers enjoy, and XenApp Essentials also delivers additional security, configurations, management, and user experience features.

Customers have provided us consistent feedback that they want a comprehensive, end-to-end, cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. The best way for us to deliver this is with Citrix through XenApp Essentials. — Microsoft, Application Remoting and the Cloud

XenApp Essentials includes the enterprise functionality you’ve come to expect from Citrix XenApp, with a simplified management console that enables you to rapidly provision your Windows business applications to any user worldwide with a high-performance experience on any device including Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android devices. Plus, XenApp Essentials includes NetScaler Gateway Service for secure remote access. And like all Citrix Cloud services, XenApp Essentials comes with Citrix Smart Scale to enable proactive scaling and power management to control cloud infrastructure costs.

Learn more about what’s included in XenApp Essentials, along with pricing, at

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