azure logoMicrosoft is phasing out its Azure RemoteApp over the next year in favor of relying on its partnership with Citrix — specifically, the XenApp “express” product currently under development, according to a Microsoft blog post today.

RemoteApp let developers make programs accessed remotely appear as if they were running on the end-user’s desktop, according to Microsoft documentation. In other words, it helps implement software as a service (SaaS).

Microsoft customers using RemoteApp will be supported through August 31, 2017, when the service will be shut down. No new purchases of the product will be allowed after Oct. 1, 2016. In  addition to XenApp “express,” alternatives include using a Microsoft hosting partner or Remote Desktop Services on Azure, Microsoft said.

Citrix on its blog called the announcement “a monumental shift in the mindset of cloud-hosted, business application delivery” and promised more details at upcoming industry events. It described XenApp “express” as an application virtualization and delivery system for Azure, combining “the simplicity and speed of RemoteApp with many of the enterprise capabilities of XenApp.”

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