Citrix, MS extend future of work tie-up

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PJ Hough, executive vice-president and chief product officer at Citrix.
PJ Hough, executive vice-president and chief product officer at Citrix.

Software companies Citrix and Microsoft are deepening their relationship to enable the future of work.

The companies made key announcements at the Citrix Synergy 2019 event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia this week.

"I'm proud that we've made many of our announcements today in ongoing partnership with Microsoft," said PJ Hough, executive vice-president and chief product officer at Citrix.

"Our companies have been constant collaborators for three decades, and the course we have chartered over that time has positioned us, together, to empower the cloud-enabled, mobile workforce of the future."

According to Hough, over the years, Citrix and Microsoft have worked to build joint solutions that reduce IT costs and increase efficiency of deployments and data centres, improve end-user and admin experience with critical applications and infrastructure, expand mobile capabilities for enterprises, and enhance productivity.

Hough announced the availability Citrix Managed Desktops on Azure. He noted this turnkey service will enable any organisation with any level of IT expertise to quickly deliver a Windows-based application and desktop experience to their workforce from the cloud to any device, anywhere, using the power of Windows Virtual Desktop.

Also unveiled was Citrix Support for Windows Virtual Desktop. "We will offer day one support for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Virtual Desktop platform," Hough said.

He pointed out that administrators will be able to manage environments from the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service and choose the best deployment based on user needs or data types.

HDX Optimisation for Microsoft Teams was also announced. "We're delivering real-time optimisation for Microsoft Teams in your virtual desktop infrastructure, an industry first," Hough said.

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