For more than 30 years, Citrix has been enabling users to access the applications and content they need to do their very best work — wherever and whenever work needs to get done. We firmly believe that remote work is the future of work, and that tools matter more than location. With the right tools, we can deliver the best experience for our customers and our employees.

To achieve this level of experience, Citrix works closely with our partners to continuously improve our offerings and deliver greater value for our customers. From Citrix’s beginnings in 1989, we have worked closely with Microsoft, announcing new aspects to our partnership nearly every 12 to 24 months. Today, we are proud to announce another expansion that will enable greater simplicity, security, and agility for our joint customers.

Our latest joint offerings establish Citrix® Workspace as a preferred digital workspace platform for Microsoft customers, and Microsoft Azure as a preferred public cloud for companies using Citrix solutions to enable people to work anywhere across devices.

While both our companies maintain our long-standing policies of supporting customer choice, for those customers moving workloads to Azure, this agreement will simplify that move while enhancing agility and security.

One of the benefits of this partnership is a simplified approach to using Citrix to extend the capabilities of Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) through the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service and through Citrix Managed Desktops. With Citrix, customers can deliver Azure Virtual Desktop as part of a unified environment, fully integrated with their Citrix cloud subscription alongside on-prem, mobile, multi-cloud, and SaaS apps. With robust Citrix management tools, administrators can take advantage of Azure Virtual Desktop including the multi-session Windows 10 capabilities, extended support for desktop operating systems, and optimizations for Office 365 Pro Plus, while providing the best end-user experience through Citrix HDX optimizations.

With this expanded partnership, these joint offerings will be sold through both our direct sales forces via the Azure Marketplace and a robust community of channel partners. As additional joint offerings are made available, our customers will be able to buy solutions from both Citrix and Microsoft in a single transaction that accelerates the move to the cloud and significantly reduces customer time to value.

We are proud to build on our long history with Microsoft to offer increased value, simplicity, security, and agility to our customers.