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Beta of Replacement to Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp Due SoonBeta of Replacement to Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp Due Soon

XenApp “express” is expected to be available for testing this quarter, before general release near the start of next year.

Aldrin Brown

November 3, 2016

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Beta of Replacement to Microsofts Azure RemoteApp Due Soon

Now that we’re solidly into the fourth quarter of 2016, expect word on the tech preview of XenApp “express,” a collaboration of Microsoft and Citrix that will replace Microsoft Azure RemoteApp (ARA).

Microsoft announced Aug. 12 that the popular cloud-based app hosting tool would no longer be sold beginning Oct. 1, and that a replacement was under development and would be generally available in early 2017.

Following is a blog post from Windows IT Pro editor Rod Trent, which appeared on the day of Microsoft’s announcement:

Microsoft Ends RemoteApp, Customers and MVPs Didn't See it Coming

In a blog post today, Microsoft has announced that is ending its cloud-based remote app cloud project, RemoteApp. The service provided the ability for mobile devices running on different platforms to get access to any corporate app and if you believed the news cycle hype, the technology seemed like something of a crowned jewel over the past couple years. I remember a certain program manager DM'ing me on Twitter saying, "this is awesome, game-changing stuff, Rod. Check it out!"

Today Microsoft is announcing that the service is coming to an end, in lieu of a partnership with Citrix to provide a new product current under development called XenApp “express.” According to Microsoft…

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.

According to Citrix, the companies will develop it together, and describes it as a new Citrix cloud service that combines the simplicity of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp with the enterprise security and scale of Citrix XenApp.

Citrix will release a Tech Preview of the new XenApp "express" service in Q4 2016, with general availability in early 2017. Go HERE to sign up to be notified when the Tech Preview is available.

Microsoft also says…

We will continue to support existing Azure RemoteApp customers on the service through August 31st, 2017, when the service will be wound down. We are following up directly with customers who are currently using Azure RemoteApp to ensure these options are understood and they have the support they need through this transition. New purchases of Azure RemoteApp will end as of October 1st, 2016.

This is a shock to some customers and I spoke with a couple of Microsoft’s MVPs about this today, and it even surprised them.


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Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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