Microsoft and Citrix joining forces to promote adoption of digital workspaces
Yesterday, Microsoft published a press release announcing a multi-year partnership with Citrix that is intended to “simplify cloud transformation and speed adoption of digital workspaces and virtual desktops to enable greater agility, productivity, and security.” COVID-19 measures abruptly forced office workers out of their offices and into their homes, and a great many companies were caught off guard by this sudden transition. Microsoft and Citrix are looking to promote hybrid and flexible work models, so that companies can quickly and smoothly adapt to present and future circumstances.
The two companies plan to pursue this aim by laying out “a connected roadmap to enable a consistent and optimal flexible work experience that will include joint offerings comprised of Citrix Workspace, Citrix SD-WAN, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 sold through their direct sales forces via the Azure Marketplace and a robust community of channel partners.”
The terms of the agreement require that “Microsoft will select Citrix Workspace as a preferred digital workspace solution, and Citrix will select Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform.” On-premises Citrix customers will be moved to Microsoft Azure, aided by joint tools and services provided by the two companies. However, the press release is clear that both Citrix and Microsoft are still committed to supporting customers who choose to use alternative services and applications. Additionally, Citrix will “invest in building a Microsoft-centric Citrix Workspace, providing deep integrations to optimize performance, functionality, and micro-apps for Windows Virtual Desktop and Microsoft 365, including Microsoft Teams.”