Microsoft Discontinues Its Use of Remote Desktop Apps

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Microsoft is dropping its Azure RemoteApp technology over the course of the next year and guiding customers to go, instead, with virtualization software and service from Citrix (Foley, 2016).

According to Microsoft’s blog post:

“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 “express”, currently under development. XenApp “express” combines the simplicity of application remoting and the scalability of Azure with the security, management, and performance benefits of XenApp, to deliver Windows applications to any employee on any device. We will have much more to share on this offering through the coming months.”

Furthermore, Microsoft continues:

“On August 12, 2016, we announced our plan to retire Azure RemoteApp. Based on customer feedback and market dynamics, we adjusted our strategy to focus more on the cloud platform that underpins finished desktop and application virtualization services. Because of this, we’re expanding our relationships with partners who build out those full solutions, most notably Citrix. Citrix is our long standing partner in this space, and we recently expanded our relationship together to address these and new scenarios for joint customers using the Azure cloud.”

WTF Microsoft? That’s a really shot to the gonads since Windows Vista. The only cool usable feature is now going away because Citrix is losing steam and Microsoft wants to keep its relationship status. WFT Microsoft? WTF?

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Foley, M. J. (2016). Microsoft to drop Azure RemoteApp in favor of Citrix virtualization technologies. Retrieved from:


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