Citrix is excited to extend Windows Virtual Desktop through our comprehensive Citrix Workspace offering and technologies. At Ignite, Microsoft unveiled its vision for Windows Virtual Desktop, the future of the Remote Desktop platform. Available only on Azure, Windows Virtual Desktop is a new cloud-hosted service that virtualizes and delivers business applications and desktops. The new offering includes a multi-user Windows 10 experience optimized for Office 365 ProPlus, Windows 7 virtualization rights on Azure, and deep integration with Microsoft 365 security and management.

As a long-standing Microsoft partner, Citrix delivers a powerful set of digital workspace technologies designed to extend Windows Virtual Desktop. This makes it even easier for you to manage and deliver critical business applications and desktops on Microsoft Azure at scale.

Meet the Challenges Faced by Enterprise IT

Evolving business priorities drive IT to provide flexible and agile solutions. As IT leaders, you must demonstrate increased value and improved reliability. This is where Citrix Workspace Windows Virtual Desktop comes alive for the enterprise, offering a robust IT management experience and comprehensive user access to all your corporate Windows, Linux, mobile, web, SaaS apps, desktops and data. With Citrix Workspace, users will have instant access to all your business resources, whether they are hosted on-premises or in the cloud.

Our powerful set of enterprise management tools and networking technologies makes it easy and cost-effective to securely deliver your business applications, optimized for Windows Virtual Desktop. Leveraging unique Citrix remote access technology, we can ensure a high-definition user experience for Azure hosted apps and desktops for users connecting from anywhere.

Together with Microsoft, Citrix can accelerate your cloud initiatives and help your enterprise IT team maximize the benefit these new Azure deployment options and entitlements. Jointly focused on helping our customers realize the benefits and flexibility of cloud computing, Citrix and Microsoft are radically simplifying today’s complex IT environments.

Citrix Workspace and Windows Virtual Desktop — A Win for IT and End-Users

Citrix Workspace brings Windows Virtual Desktop and your other enterprise resources together into a streamlined interface for users. The Citrix Workspace UI combines application, desktop and file access, providing a secure, unified launchpad for resources hosted on-premises or in the cloud. Seamlessly blend Windows Virtual Desktop resources into your Citrix digital workspace, giving you flexibility to increase capacity, provide resiliency, or tackle cloud migration projects — all while maximizing workforce productivity.

As a Citrix Workspace administrator, you will be able leverage the new Windows Virtual Desktop multi-user capabilities of Windows 10 to simplify application compatibility and usability. This is great news for Citrix customers who previously had to weigh their needs for server OS scalability and cost savings against client OS compatibility. With user density benefits previously limited to Windows Server, Citrix now empowers you to deliver virtual apps, hosted shared desktops, and VDI within Azure, thanks to Windows Virtual Desktop.

Enterprise management and monitoring for Windows Virtual Desktop

With an integrated suite of technologies, only Citrix Workspace delivers enterprise-class management and administration benefits for Windows Virtual Desktop.  Benefits include:

  • Less time spent on updates and app maintenance. Simplified image management with portable app layers separates the desktop into flexible containers, or layers, so admins can package and deploy operating system updates, applications, and user data as individual components.
  • Optimized performance. With Workspace Environment Management, admins can actively monitor Windows Virtual Desktop resource utilization and dynamically adjust the environment based on user profiles, system policies, and resource consumption.
  • Improved Login Speeds and Profile Management. Maximize user experience through efficient handling and automatic consolidation of profile data.
  • Accelerated branch and remote connectivity. Azure Virtual WAN Optimization accelerates branch and remote connectivity back to your enterprise, improving connections to your existing infrastructure. End users will experience performance benefits using Office 365, virtual desktops, or connecting from branch office locations.
  • Scanning for performance or threats in real-time. Advanced Analytics give admins the ability to monitor the entire Citrix and Windows Virtual Desktop deployment to scan for performance issues or security threats in real-time. This gives admins valuable end-to-end visibility into their environments.

By deploying Citrix Workspace with Windows Virtual Desktop, administrators can modernize their environments with minimal disruption. New users can be onboarded to Windows Virtual Desktop resources alongside familiar Citrix- or RDS-based deployments, and Citrix management tools ensure the sustainability and consistency of the experience, maximizing user productivity.

A new Citrix DaaS offering based around Microsoft technologies

Expanding on our Microsoft partnership, Citrix is building a new DaaS offering, an end-to-end cloud solution that simplifies and accelerates the delivery of Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktops. The upcoming Citrix Desktops-as-a-Service release will include the cloud services, software licenses, and Azure compute needed to securely deliver a Windows Virtual Desktop on demand.

Built around Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure, Citrix makes it easy for organizations to instantly deliver a desktop experience to any user, anywhere. Designed with simplicity in mind, business users with any level of IT skills can quickly sign up and provision desktops from our integrated solution.

Of course, our DaaS offering will include Citrix signature HDX desktop virtualization technologies to provide a high-performance user experience when connecting anywhere, from any device.

Citrix has also announced its intent to become a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, enabling our customers to transact directly with Citrix to purchase everything you need to deliver on-demand virtual desktops.

Stay notified of Citrix releases

As organizations accelerate their transition to the cloud, Citrix offers unique Windows Virtual Desktop-only capabilities that:

  • expedite the migration to Azure
  • accelerate the deployment of Windows virtual apps and desktops on Azure at scale
  • streamline the ongoing management of your corporate hosted virtual app and desktops as part of your digital workspace strategy.

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