Microsoft extends 365 virtualisation capabilities

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Microsoft extends 365 virtualisation capabilities

Microsoft has acquired FSLogix, a developer of application provisioning technology for virtualised workspaces, in a move that's expected to further extend the virtualisation capabilities of the Microsoft 365 system.

The acquisition comes just two months after Microsoft debuted Windows Virtual Desktop, a virtualised Windows and Office service on the Azure cloud platform.

FSLogix is a next-generation, application provisioning platform that reduces the resources, time and labour required to support virtualisation. The system enhances the customer experience and productivity while reducing support requirements for IT departments, according to a blog post attributed to Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365, and Julia White, Microsoft Azure corporate vice president.

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of the vendor's Office 365 personal productivity applications, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft Office applications are among the most commonly virtualised applications, according to the vendor.

That was a driver behind the September launch of Windows Virtual Desktop, which makes it possible to quickly deploy and scale Windows and Office on Azure with built-in security and compliance. The cloud-based Windows Virtual Desktop provides a multi-user Windows 10 service optimised for Office 365 ProPlus.

The addition of the FSLogix software will enable faster load times for user profiles in Outlook and OneDrive, improving the performance of Office 365 ProPlus within multi-user virtual environments – including Windows Virtual Desktop, according to Microsoft.

Prior to the acquisition FSLogix, founded in 2012, was a Microsoft silver partner. The company is also a Citrix Ready partner and a member of VMware's Technology Alliance program.

Microsoft did not disclose the price of the acquisition or say anything about specific plans for the FSLogix company or its employees.

"Although it’s still business as usual, FSLogix will soon integrate with Microsoft and join the strength of its enterprise productivity solutions and global reach," said FSLogix founder and CTO Randy Cook in a blog post.

"Both FSLogix and Microsoft are dedicated to providing the absolute best experience for companies choosing to deploy virtual desktops," Cook wrote. "Microsoft strongly reinforced this goal with their recent announcement around Windows Virtual Desktop to provide the best virtualized Windows and Office experience delivered on Microsoft Azure. We know our team can play a key role in making this happen."

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