In the first month of its release, Windows 10 set the record for a one-month increase in user share for any operating system. As employees take the initiative to install the latest Microsoft OS themselves or bring in new Windows 10-based BYO devices, this OS migration is taking on new urgency for IT. Manual, decentralized methods can make this an arduous process for IT, diverting staff from higher-value work. Applications require extensive testing and remediation to ensure compatibility with the new OS, and the increasingly diverse endpoints in use throughout the enterprise, including BYO devices, posed an additional layer of complexity.
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops enables IT to provide immediate access to corporate and legacy apps on any Windows 10 device, corporate or BYOD, without the time and cost of manual deployment across every location in the business. Employees face no interruption in productivity or supportability— even if you haven’t performed application compatibility testing. As organizations standardize on Windows 10, IT can use Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to deploy a single golden image of the Windows 10 desktop in the datacenter for delivery to users everywhere. Management becomes far simpler and more efficient, as do support and security; if a user’s desktop becomes corrupted or infected, a simple reboot will restore a pristine image. For users continuing to run older laptops and PCs, thin clients and other non-Windows 10 compliant devices, Citrix advanced user experience technologies ensure the same high-performance experience as those using newer endpoints, including enhanced support for peripherals.
“Microsoft is excited that our longtime partner, Citrix, is helping enterprise customers embrace Windows 10. With Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Citrix enables faster application migration to Windows 10 with access to critical line of business apps as soon as they upgrade,” says Margaret Arakawa, General Manager, US Windows 10 & Devices, Microsoft.
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops app layering technology, AppDisk, lets IT manage applications independently from the underlying OS, master desktop or server image. Applications can be installed in the AppDisk layer and then moved seamlessly from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without impacting the underlying OS image. As a complement to AppDisk, Citrix AppDNA, included with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, accelerates app migration and ensures app compatibility to support users running apps developed for Windows XP or Windows 7 on Windows 10 devices. By automating and analyzing application compatibility, and helping IT remediate any issues much more quickly, AppDNA reduces the cost and complexity of application upgrades, migrations and updates by as much as 90 percent. This applies for both Windows 10 and future upgrades, eliminating a perennial pain point for IT.
Skype for Business
The rapid growth of Microsoft® Skype for Business as a leading unified communications platform for real-time chat, voice, video, and screen sharing poses new challenges for IT. Locally installed endpoints leave chat and video logs, transferred files and other content at risk of loss, theft or malware, while the diversity of devices being used adds to the complexity of configuration and support.
By using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to deliver Skype, IT can keep the Skype app and its associated data secure in the datacenter, beyond the reach of malware. Single-image management simplifies Skype for both users and IT. A single version of Skype supports all users regardless of the device—Windows, Mac, Linux or thin client—with the same user experience, including interface and login procedure. For employees, this consistency eases collaboration and increases productivity; for IT, it minimizes user training and cuts down on helpdesk calls. Centralization of the app also simplifies management and makes it easier to apply patches and updates.
Simpler, lower-cost management
The opportunities to reduce cost woven through the use cases discussed above illustrate one of the most compelling use cases for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: lowering IT expenses through a simpler, more efficient centralized architecture. The solution makes it possible to: