Earlier this week
The Citrix Blog
had a really interesting post about their
and what they intend to do next.
Citrix puts a lot of value on their partnerships as well as the
features they develop
with these partners. That emphasis echoes a lot of what I’ve written about in previous posts (i.e. highlighting our work with
, and others) about the work we have done with Independent Software Providers (ISVs) and partners over the last several years. Much of the work we do with partners is built on the documented API’s in our platform that allow ISV’s to build upon the value we provide in Windows Server. This can be seen in documentation like the “Remote Desktop Protocol Provider API” seen
In my role I am often asked the question: “What is the best way to partner with Microsoft?” My most common answer is to point to Citrix and explain the ways in which they have been a strong partner to Microsoft for 20+ years.
The Microsoft/Citrix partnership has been built on delivering customer value and has both deep technical and go-to-market aspects.
Microsoft and Citrix have long-standing heritage in Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) support (stretching back to the very early days of desktop virtualization), and our engineering, support and alliance partnership dates back to 1997.
Throughout our partnership with Citrix we have worked closely together to integrate our customers’ feedback and to ensure the products we build are best-in-class (e.g. rich user experiences, efficient management capabilities, and great TCO).
The impact of this partnership is undeniable: Today Microsoft and Citrix have
joint customers and there are
tens of millions
of users that rely on our joint solutions every day.
You can see me talking a bit more about this partnership in a video we recorded together back in February:
The platform we’ve built together provides session-based deployments, personal or pooled virtual desktop-based deployments, and great remote applications. This platform is
enough for use in different deployment models, and
enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of scenarios.
An important part of this platform has been the particularly powerful Desktop Virtualization solution built by Citrix. This is something we discuss in great detail at
of this partnership can be boiled down to one word:
The market is evolving, the technology is evolving, and tech companies are now in a position where we need to be building solutions
for the needs business will have in the
. This means that our work with partners like Citrix are more valuable than ever.
As I think about
the Mobility trends in the industry
, I believe that the need for solutions from Citrix and Microsoft will only increase in importance as more and more end users require access to applications across all of the devices they love.
We will continue to work with Citrix to ensure two critical factors:
that addresses customer needs, and a
for both IT Professionals and end-users.
The opportunity for growth and success with our partners is huge – and the entire market stands to benefit. I’m very excited for both the opportunity to work together, and the innovation and progress that lay ahead.