W03 Azure RemoteApp Is Dead: Long Live RDS-as-a-Service

August 9th, 2017

8:00am - 9:15am

Level: Introductory Intermediate

Andy Milford



Microsoft had great intentions and ambitions when it launched Azure RemoteApp in December 2014. Only a year and half later, Microsoft had killed it. Now organizations wishing to deploy rich Windows applications deliverable from the Cloud have two options. They can use the new Citrix XenApp Express offering in Microsoft Azure, which is being touted as the successor to Azure RemoteApp, or stand up their own Remote Desktop Services infrastructure in Azure in order to host apps.

Neither of these alternatives is perfect. Both have significant cons and gotchas to consider. This session will cover the history of RemoteApp in Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, the short history of Azure RemoteApp, the promise of Citrix XenApp Express, and how to best deploy Remote Desktop Services in Azure as an alternative to Citrix XenApp Express. There will also be a live demo showing the automation features of the Azure Resource Manager.

You will learn:

  • The history of Microsoft RemoteApp, starting in Windows Server 2008
  • About the birth, short life, and death of the Azure RemoteApp Service, including the reasons for its demise
  • About Citrix XenApp Express, including deployment models, pricing, scalability, and general pros/cons