When Microsoft introduced its Windows Virtual Desktop service at its Ignite convention in September, firm officers insisted there nonetheless could be a spot for its established virtualization companions like Citrix. (Some business watchers have been skeptical that Citrix would nevertheless be as essential an accomplice to Microsoft with the Microsoft’s launch of its extra strong virtualization service.) This week on the Citrix Summit convention, Microsoft and Citrix officers supplied a couple of additional specifics about what it will imply, shifting ahead.
Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is Microsoft’s service designed to permit customers to virtualize Windows 7 and 10, Office 365 ProPlus apps and different third-celebration purposes by working them remotely in Azure digital machines. Utilizing WVD, clients will have the ability to present distant desktop periods with some customers logged into the same Windows 10 or Windows Server digital machine. Additionally, they can choose to virtualize the entire desktop or particular person Microsoft Retailer and line-of-enterprise functions. These desirous to virtualize Home windows 7 after Microsoft help ends in January 2020 will likely be in a position to take action for 3 years without paying for Extended Security Updates.
Microsoft had been aiming to ship a public preview of WVD earlier than the top of calendar 2018. Nevertheless, it has but to materialize. Nonetheless, it appears like the general public preview can be accessible someday this calendar quarter, based mostly on feedback from Microsoft officers on the Citrix Summit.
Microsoft is authorizing Citrix, which is a Microsoft Cloud Service Provider accomplice, to promote WVD and to combine WVD with Citrix Workspace, Citrix Digital Apps and its Desktops service choices (the merchandise previously referred to as XenDesktop and XenApp), as of the beginning of the general public preview in Q1 2019. In return, Citrix joins the ranks of Microsoft companions claiming Azure is its “most well-liked public cloud” (although not unique cloud supplier).
At Ignite final fall, Citrix officers stated the corporate could be growing a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) providing with Microsoft, based mostly on WVD, however, did not say an entire lot else.
I requested Microsoft and Citrix for any further particulars they’re sharing this week. Microsoft officers mentioned that they had no remark. A Citrix spokesperson said that Microsoft officers instructed Summit attendees this week that the pair “executed a settlement last year that will allow Citrix to increase the capabilities of WVD.”