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Is Windows Continuum Worth Your Time?

At Citrix Synergy, much was made about the support of the Windows Continuum effort by Microsoft, which essentially puts the Windows 10 functionality on a lot of different and non-traditional IT devices, such as the Surface Hub gigantic TV, Xbox …


  

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New Announcements and New Directions

Yesterday at Citrix Synergy, a new management team introduced their vision for the future of Citrix, and the future of work. “Work is no longer a place you go, it is an activity and digital natives expect their workplace to …


  

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Citrix and Microsoft: A Year of Achievement … and We’re Just Getting Started

One year ago at Citrix Synergy, Citrix and Microsoft kicked off a powerful expansion of our partnership to help our customers securely embrace the cloud and mobility, extending and deepening our long-time partnership which spans 25 years. We announced Azure …


  

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XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials: We’ve Only Just Begun!

Citrix is making it easy to deliver Windows applications and Windows 10 Enterprise desktops from Azure.

Citrix officially announced the availability of XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials in the Azure Marketplace on April 3, 2017. In less than two months, …


  

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New ShareFile Solutions for Today’s Modern Workspaces

New Features Improve Productivity, Collaboration, and Security

Today’s Digital Workspaces are facing increasing pressure to improve productivity and collaborative solutions, provide easy-to-access, mobile infrastructure, without creating operability challenges, and all within a secure environment.

In response to trends, Citrix ShareFile …


  

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This Week’s Top EUC News Will Blow Your Mind

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&#rsquo;Microsoft Azure users now have access to genuine desktop as a service solution.&#rdquo;

That&#rsquo;s SiliconANGLE on our huge news this week: We&#rsquo;re delivering VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. By connecting Azure to the Horizon Cloud control plane, our joint customers are empowered with more flexibility to deliver virtual desktops and apps. Get the FAQs here.

&#rsquo;Our customers have their preference of public cloud offerings and should be able to choose the industry leader in desktop and app virtualization regardless of that cloud preference.&#rdquo;
—Dave Grant, VP of Product Marketing for VMware End-User Computing, at VMware Radius

Plus, using Horizon Cloud with on-premises infrastructure? Here&#rsquo;s what&#rsquo;s new for you.

The digital workspace just upped its IQ.

VMware also announced the acquisition of Apteligent this week and the integration of the mobile app intelligence solution into our digital workspace platform. Read the juicy details here.

&#rsquo;The Apteligent platform enables both mobile app developers and IT organizations to analyze mobile application performance in real time, enabling them to understand user behavior to address the issues that matter the most—and directly impact business and revenue.&#rdquo;
—Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC SVP & GM of Desktop Products & Solutions

Forget stereotypes. We&#rsquo;re all Generation Digital.

Millennials aren&#rsquo;t the only generation demanding mobile technology at work. Employees of all ages recently said mobile tech makes them more productive (60%), more creative (45%) and more satisfied at work (53%). Read more in this new VMware Radius series.

It&#rsquo;s a &#rsquo;privilege&#rdquo; to meet you, VMware User Environment Manager 9.2.

User Environment Manager (UEM) essentially separates a user&#rsquo;s personality from the underlying Windows machine, said Andy Morris, virtualizing their preferences. Version 9.2 offers a cool new trick: User privilege elevation. Here&#rsquo;s what it does.

Plus, watch these six videos for a technical deep dive into UEM 9.2.

And IT lived happily ever after.

User satisfaction is up, and costs are down at Memorial Healthcare after the hospital deployed VMware NSX, VMware AirWatch and Horizon. Hear their digital clinical workspace story.

&#rsquo;I don&#rsquo;t think there&#rsquo;s much within our infrastructure that VMware hasn&#rsquo;t enabled.&#rdquo;
—Thomas Kurtz, Ph. D, VP of Information Services & CIO for Memorial Healthcare

Let&#rsquo;s talk tech.

  • Citrix Synergy, May 23–25 in Orlando (VMware booth 309)
  • VMware SociaLabs—Horizon 7 & AirWatch, May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials &AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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Microsoft Goes Platinum at #CitrixSynergy

What do The Beatles, Adele and Microsoft all have in common? If you said “charming English accents,” well, you’d be wrong. Bloody wrong, mate. The answer is they’ve all gone platinum at one time or another. But unlike our British


  

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Coming Soon: VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business GA Release

As a follow up to our previous announcement on VMware Horizon with Skype for Business, we are happy to share that we will be releasing the generally available (GA) version of the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business next month.

The upcoming release of the Horizon Virtualization Pack will include a GA release of the Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients and a private beta release of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux clients. Additionally, an updated Horizon Media Proxy will be embedded with the Horizon agent as an optional install.

Some highlights of the new virtualization pack include:

  • Point-to-point audio and video calls
  • PSTN calls using the dial-pad
  • Remote connectivity through the Microsoft Edge Server
  • Call-forward, transfer, hold and resume
  • Voicemail integration
  • Music on hold
  • Support for Skype for Business 2015 and 2016 clients (see release notes)
  • Support for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business 2015 Server and Office365 deployments
  • Support for VMware Blast Extreme and PCoIP
  • Support for persistent and non-persistent desktops
  • Support for Horizon desktops (on premise and cloud)

 

The Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients will be available as an optional install with the Horizon Windows client. For customers interested in testing out the private beta of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux, please email .

Come visit us at Citrix Synergy booth 309 next week to see Horizon + Skype for Business in action.

Because you liked this blog:

  • VMware + Microsoft: Delivering an Even Better Skype for Business Experience
  • The Next Horizon: Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud
  • Get Ready for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

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Coming Soon: VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business GA Release

As a follow up to our previous announcement on VMware Horizon with Skype for Business, we are happy to share that we will be releasing the generally available (GA) version of the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business next month.

The upcoming release of the Horizon Virtualization Pack will include a GA release of the Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients and a private beta release of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux clients. Additionally, an updated Horizon Media Proxy will be embedded with the Horizon agent as an optional install.

Some highlights of the new virtualization pack include:

  • Point-to-point audio and video calls
  • PSTN calls using the dial-pad
  • Remote connectivity through the Microsoft Edge Server
  • Call-forward, transfer, hold and resume
  • Voicemail integration
  • Music on hold
  • Support for Skype for Business 2015 and 2016 clients (see release notes)
  • Support for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business 2015 Server and Office365 deployments
  • Support for VMware Blast Extreme and PCoIP
  • Support for persistent and non-persistent desktops
  • Support for Horizon desktops (on premise and cloud)

 

The Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients will be available as an optional install with the Horizon Windows client. For customers interested in testing out the private beta of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux, please email .

Come visit us at Citrix Synergy booth 309 next week to see Horizon + Skype for Business in action.

Because you liked this blog:

  • VMware + Microsoft: Delivering an Even Better Skype for Business Experience
  • The Next Horizon: Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud
  • Get Ready for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

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Get Ready for VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Businesses today are increasingly mobile, globally distributed and fast paced. While this increasingly diverse workforce expects a consumer-simple interface for accessing work data and applications, IT faces the same challenge as before: securing the enterprise. The number one question facing organizations is:

How can I ensure my users are productive, while securing data and driving down costs?

VMware works with Microsoft to deliver enterprise collaboration solutions that enhance user experience and productivity, while delivering on the promise of a more secure enterprise. Last fall, we teamed up with Microsoft to deliver an optimized experience for Skype for Business on VMware Horizon.

Concurrently, VMware supports our customers&#rsquo; migration to Windows 10 with desktop virtualization and endpoint management with VMware AirWatch. Solutions such as VMware Workspace ONE help organizations simplify Windows 10 device management. Horizon application and desktop virtualization solutions ease IT&#rsquo;s pain of migrating to Windows 10 by simplifying image management.

From desktop and application delivery to mobile and Windows device management, our work with Microsoft ensures that users can be productive and enterprise data remains secure.

Building on this promise, we are excited to share today that we will deliver Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

Read the FAQ: Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Azure is one of the fastest growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Horizon Cloud is the industry&#rsquo;s leading app and desktop cloud services offering. Together, our joint customers will be able to connect their own instance of Azure to our intuitive Horizon Cloud control plane. This combination creates a comprehensive cloud-hosted solution with federated access to Azure Active Directory (AD) for delivering virtualized Windows apps and desktops.

Integrating with leading clouds like Azure allows us to deliver cross-cloud architecture. Horizon Cloud uniquely pairs a single cloud control plane with our customers&#rsquo; choice of deployment options to deliver and manage virtual desktops and apps. Customers choose from a number of flexible private and public cloud deployment options, including:

  • Cloud-hosted capacity managed by VMware.
  • Public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure. Coming soon.
  • On-premises hyper-converged infrastructure from partners like Dell EMC, Hitachi and QTC.

We are certainly excited about the opportunity to work with Microsoft to bring Azure to Horizon Cloud and would love to share more details with you. Visit our VMware and Microsoft web page, where you can get more details on this announcement and sign up to participate in our private beta.

Want to learn more about Horizon Cloud? Here are a few great resources for you:

  • Here Comes Horizon Cloud
  • Horizon Cloud Demo Video
  • Horizon Cloud FAQ, Datasheet & More

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