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Microsoft, Citrix Offer To 'Rescue' VMware Customers

Microsoft and VMware have been engaged in a snippy back-and-forth over virtualization  for the past couple of years, and a new Microsoft-Citrix joint promotion is further inflaming partisan passions on the issue.

Last week, Microsoft and Citrix unveiled their "Rescue for VMware VDI" promotion, which lets customers trade in their VMware View software licenses for the same number of Microsoft VDI Standard Suite subscription and Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition annual licenses, free of charge. The promotion, which runs through the end of the year, is open to Microsoft customers with Core Cal or E-Cal with Software Assurance.

VMware has been using View, its desktop virtualization software, to sell its server virtualization technology, but some customers haven't been able to deploy it successfully, according to Sumit Dhawan, vice president for Citrix XenDesktop at Citrix. The "rescue campaign" gives customers a way out and underscores the maturity of the Microsoft-Citrix desktop virtualization offering, he said.

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