Azure RemoteApp to be Retired

Microsoft announce that Azure RemoteApp is to be retired: new purchases will end as of 1 October, 2016 and the service will finally be wound down on 31 August, 2017. The recommended alternative is the Citrix XenApp “express” solution, or perhaps using Remote Desktop Services deployed on Azure virtual machines.

Read the full Microsoft announcement here:

Licensing Office with RemoteApp

If you want to share Office applications from the cloud then there’s a good article from Microsoft that explains how you need to license this scenario.

Essentially you need an Office 365 ProPlus subscription and an Azure RemoteApp USL – note that a traditional Office Professional Plus 2016 licence isn’t an option.

The article also covers notions such as shared computer activation, Visio and Project, and an overview of how you get started with Office 365 and Azure RemoteApp. It’s definitely worth a read – find it here:

General Availability of Azure RemoteApp

Today (11 December 2014) sees the General Availability of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp. This service delivers Windows applications from the Azure cloud and is licensed with a choice of two USLs – Basic for lightweight LOB applications (data entry, for example) or Standard for productivity applications (Office, for example). 40 hours are included in the starting price ($10 and $15) and any overage is billed hourly up to a capped price of 80 hours ($17 and $23) and after that there are no more charges.

See this Microsoft page for full details and some very useful FAQs: