With the coming release of Windows Server 2012 R2 we are excited about how advances in the core platform, particularly in the area of storage, are redefining what’s possible with virtual desktop environments.  New features in R2 such as storage tiering, which automatically tiers data across SSDs and slow spinning disks depending on usage patterns, and the deduplication of online VHDs improve the performance and economics of VDI solutions.

We are also excited to see our long-time partner Citrix providing support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. XenDesktop 7.1 releases just one week after the October 18th general availability of Windows Server, and will add support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. We continue to work closely with Citrix to provide a high level of interoperability with our products. This partnership continues as Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 bring innovation to the market, helping our customers improve IT and employee productivity.