Citrix will integrate the soon to be launched Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) solution with its own products and will also act as a reseller of this Microsoft product. This is evidenced by comments from Microsoft employees during the currently held Citrix Summit in Orlando, according to techsite ZDnet.

According to the techsite, Microsoft employees have indicated that Citrix can sell the Windows Virtual Desktop solution that is yet to be launched to its customers as a complete product. In addition, the workspace virtualisation specialist will also integrate the application into its own products. These include the Workspace, Virtual Apps solutions and Desktop services. The solution allows Citrix end users to easily deploy, monitor and manage a modern Microsoft 365 desktop experience in Azure.

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is a solution that enables end users to virtualize Windows 7 and 10 environments, Office 365 ProPlus applications and third-party applications by running them in virtual machines within Azure. This allows end-users to deliver remote desktop sessions to multiple users who are logged on to the same Windows 10 or Windows Server virtual machine. Users can also choose to either virtualize the entire desktop environment or only virtualize certain Microsoft Store or other business applications.

Azure as preferred public cloud

As part of the partnership, Citrix will also designate Microsoft’s public cloud environment Azure as a preferred public cloud. However, the virtualisation specialist will not consider Azure to be an exclusive supplier and will therefore also make its services available for other public cloud environments.

Launch of the WVD has yet to take place

The announcement that Citrix will already be using Microsoft’s WVD solution is remarkable, as the product has not yet been released. The presentation of this solution should have taken place at the end of 2018, but ZDnet now expects it to take place somewhere in the first quarter of 2019.

Other Citrix Windows 10 solution for Azure

The WVD solution is not the only virtual Windows Desktop product provided by the virtualization specialist for workstations. Since 2017, Citrix has had all of its XenDesktop Essentials solution that enables end users to access Azure virtual desktop environments based on Windows 10 Enterprise. Users pay $12 per user per month for this SaaS service.

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