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Microsoft and Citrix Partner to Help Customers Move to the Cloud

At the Citrix Synergy event in Las Vegas today, there were several exciting announcements about how Microsoft and Citrix are partnering together to accelerate Windows 10 and Office 365 adoption. 

  • Citrix will leverage Azure to provide a Windows 10 VDI solution for customers with Windows licensed per user. 
  • Citrix is updating their mobile applications with the Microsoft Intune SDK so they can be managed by Intune and integrated with Office 365 mobile apps.
  • Citrix has announced an updated connector for SCCM, allowing organizations to manage Citrix XenApps applications with a single tool.
  • Microsoft and Citrix have partnered to optimize the Skype for Business application for use in XenApp and XenDesktop environments
  • Citrix and Microsoft are working together to leverage the Citrix NetScaler solution to provide secure, conditional access to on premises applications through the Intune solution
  • Citrix is building capabilities into its mobile apps like support for MFA and self-service password reset

Find out more about how the Microsoft and Citrix partnership continues to grow and provide valuable solutions for our customers.  All the details are in this Brad Anderson blog post.

OneDrive app for Windows 10

Microsoft has released a "Universal" app for OneDrive designed specifically for Windows 10.  This app has a new, modern look and feel that matches those apps already released for iOS and Android.  Also, if you are lucky enough to have a touch-enabled Windows 10 device, this app is super easy to use.  Read the Office Blog entry for more details.

Free ebook: Deploying Windows 10 using SCCM

Get a head start deploying Windows 10—with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today.  Download the ebook in your choice of formats from the Microsoft Press Blog.

Microsoft launches Windows Store for Business


Organizations of any size can benefit from using the Store for Business provides:

Scales to fit the size of your business
- For smaller businesses, with Azure AD accounts and Windows 10 devices, you can quickly have an end-to-end process for acquiring and distributing content using the Store for Business. For larger businesses, all the capabilities of the Store for Business are available to you, or you can integrate the Store for Business with management tools, for greater control over access to apps and app updates. You can use existing work or school accounts.

Bulk app acquisition
- Acquire apps in volume from the Store for Business.

Private store
- Curate a private store for your business that’s easily available from any Windows 10 device.

Flexible distribution options - Flexible options for distributing content and apps to your employee devices

    • Distribute through Store for Business services. You can assign apps to individual employees, or make apps available to all employees in your private store.
    • Use a management tool from Microsoft, or a 3rd-party tool for advanced distribution and management functions, or for managing images.
    • Offline licensing model allows you to distribute apps without connecting to Store services, and for managing images.

Line-of-business apps - Privately add and distribute your internal line-of-business apps using any of the distribution options.

App license management
: Admins can reclaim and reuse app licenses. Online and offline licenses allow you to customize how you decide to deploy apps.

Up-to-date apps - The Store for Business manages the update process for apps with online licenses. Apps are automatically updated so you are always current with the most recent software updates and product features. Store for Business apps also uninstall cleanly, without leaving behind extra files, for times when you need to switch apps for specific employees.

Learn more on how to sign up here...

Microsoft State and Local Government Events "Introduction Windows 10 Webinars"

What's new in Windows 10 Security
Presented by Mandy Tidwell
‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2015 ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 60 minutes | Available Seats: 116

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What's new in Windows 10 Management
Presented by Mandy Tidwell
‎10‎/‎9‎/‎2015 ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 60 minutes | Available Seats: 118
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What does 'Windows as a Service' really mean?
Presented by Mandy Tidwell
‎10‎/‎16‎/‎2015 ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 60 minutes | Available Seats: 121

Register for any of these seminars here...
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Windows 10 TechCenter is Live

The Windows 10 TechCenter is now live on TechNet!  You'll find information organized by task, such as explore, plan, deploy, manage, support and so on.  There are links to evaluation downloads, links to training and links FAQs.  Head over and bookmark the site!

Windows Tablets are Paving the Way to Election Modernization