Monday, May 12, 2014

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp preview announced!

Today, Microsoft Azure RemoteApp was announced in the Keynote at Tech Ed NA 2014 in Houston! It is now available as preview in Microsoft Azure, and of course I have already signed up for it!

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is based on Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) running Windows Server 2012 R2 and (for now) allows you to publish and run the full Office 2013 suite based on Remote Apps running seamlessly on your Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android end point devices! Future plans are to support a Bing Your Own Application scenario where you can “upload” your application to Azure and make them available as Remote Apps. It’s a subscription based model, currently free in preview. The price per user per month has not been announced yet.

I have been able to run some really quick tests, after your request to use the preview has been completed, a RDSH server incl. a complete Office Suite (incl. Visio & Project) are ready!

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To allow an end-user to work with the Remote Apps a separate client needs to be installed. After that the end-user is presented with his set of Azure Remote Apps

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You can expect more technical details on this feature once I’ve done some test-driving!

“…Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices - Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Your company’s applications run on Windows Server in the Azure cloud, where they’re easier to scale and update. Users can access their applications remotely from their Internet-connected laptop, tablet, or phone. While appearing to run on the users' local device, the applications are centralized on Azure’s protected, reliable platform.

Azure RemoteApp combines Windows application experiences with the powerful capabilities of Remote Desktop Services on Microsoft Azure – the cloud for modern business…”

More info:

https://www.remoteapp.windowsazure.com/
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/RemoteApp/

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