Citrix Systems and Microsoft have expanded their desktop virtualization partnership to simplify desktop computing. This integration will enable enterprise customers to manage all of their Windows desktops and applications from a common platform to deliver a consistent user experience to any device, anywhere.

The combined solution will unify management of physical and virtual desktops and applications via one management platform, Microsoft System Center, while delivering a consistent experience for Citrix users on any device from any location via one universal client, Citrix Receiver.

Enterprise IT organizations will be able to manage both distributed and centrally hosted applications using Citrix XenApp application virtualization and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Citrix XenApp will also extend Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) to enable self-service delivery of applications on any device using Citrix Receiver and Citrix Dazzle.

In addition, Citrix announced plans to extend integration of Citrix XenDesktop with the new Microsoft VDI Suite licenses to enhance the companies’ joint virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution.

"In today’s challenging economic climate, IT needs to simplify computing with fewer moving parts, and at the same time meet the increasing requirements of its business and users. By integrating our market leading desktop virtualization and management solutions, Citrix and Microsoft simplify IT service delivery and enhance end user productivity with a unified management platform and one universal client," said Gordon Payne, Senior Vice President and General Manager (Delivery Systems Division), Citrix Systems.

Brad Anderson, General Manager (Management and Services Division), Microsoft, said, "Together, Citrix and Microsoft are taking a significant next step to deliver seamless, comprehensive application and desktop virtualization solutions by helping companies maximize their existing technology investments. For customers using System Center Configuration Manager and XenApp, this connector will provide deeper control of their virtualization infrastructure, lower costs by reusing existing infrastructure and simplify administration across both products by unifying the management experience for physical and virtual assets in the enterprise."