Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials Service – Frequently Asked Questions

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials, previously referred to as Citrix Virtual Apps “express,” is the new Citrix Cloud service recommended by Microsoft as the replacement for Azure RemoteApp. In many ways, you can look at Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials as Azure RemoteApp v2.0. You can also see it as the fastest, easiest way to use Citrix Virtual Apps in the cloud. Either way, Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials will be the next generation application virtualization and delivery service for Azure.

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials is part of our comprehensive Citrix Cloud strategy designed to simplify app and desktop delivery for every use case. Now with Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials we can combine the power and flexibility of our Citrix Cloud platform and extend the original simple, prescriptive, and easy-to-consume vision of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp by orchestrating the applications in the cloud as well. This offering will radically simplify app delivery without sacrificing management or end user experience.

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials trials are currently available on a limited basis. You can request a trial here. Citrix will evaluate each request and contact customers to confirm eligibility.

It is easy to purchase Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials directly from the Azure Marketplace for a minimum of 25 users using your Microsoft Azure account. As part of the Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials onboarding process, you will also be required to create a unique Citrix Cloud account at to complete the transaction*. Please make sure you enter accurate information for all details including address fields to ensure your order can be processed.

*Note, your Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials Citrix Cloud account cannot be affiliated with an existing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service or Citrix Virtual Desktops Essentials service entitlement.

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials is available in Azure Marketplace starting at $12 per user per month. You can purchase Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials for as few as 25 users on a monthly basis. The service will auto-renew on a monthly basis until you cancel. The cloud based solution and monthly term makes it highly attractive for customers looking to avoid large capex expenses and long term commitments.

1. Requires 25 user minimum. Includes Citrix Gateway Service with 1 GB Data transfer per user per month.  Additional Citrix Gateway Service 25 GB Data transfer Add-on available for $12 per pack per month

2. Available from Azure Marketplace when purchasing Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials. Please consult your Microsoft representative to bring your own RDS CAL.

Your bill for Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials usage will appear directly on your Microsoft Azure bill. When you purchase Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials, you are enlisting for a month to month subscription and will be automatically charged for the remainder of the month. You can change the number of users and Citrix Gateway data transfer add-ons each month. Your Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials subscription renews automatically at the end of each month unless canceled.  

You can use Azure Monetary Commitment and/or Azure Credits to pay for the Remote Access Fee and the Azure infrastructure associated with the virtual application workload for Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials, i.e. the virtual Windows Server instances hosting your published app in Azure. However, Azure Monetary Commitment or Azure Credits cannot be used for the Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials service charges or optional Citrix Gateway add-on packs. 

The Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials offering accesses Windows Server remote session capabilities that would typically require RDS User CALs. RDS CALs are licensed along with Windows Server software, separately from Microsoft Azure, and require minimum 12-month commitments. For the convenience of customers subscribing to the Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials service via Azure Marketplace, Microsoft will charge a Remote Access Fee for each registered user (current price is $6.25 per user per month), which will enable you to use Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials on Azure, without needing to purchase separate RDS CALs for this workload. However, if you have already purchased RDS User CALs with Software Assurance, and wish to use these licenses with this workload on Azure, then please contact your Microsoft representative.  

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials includes 1GB of Citrix Gateway Service data transfer per user per month. Additional data transfer packs of 25GB are available for purchase and can be shared across users. Citrix estimates that traditional task and knowledge workers would not require more than the included 1GB and suggests the optional add-on packs for use cases where more bandwidth would be required, such as for workers using 3D rendering applications or other bandwidth-heavy apps.

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials supports Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016.

If you need help with your implementation simply click the question mark icon in the upper right hand corner of your Citrix Cloud portal and select Open a Ticket or you can contact us.

Yes, learn more about Microsoft CSP enablement for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Essentials.

There are a variety of options to streamline your offerings and expedite your go to market with Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials. Reach out to a CSP resource today to learn more: