Citrix, today, helped bolster Microsoft's Windows Azure services by announcing that XenDesktop 7 now runs on Microsoft's Cloud platform.

Per the press release:

Running XenDesktop 7 in the cloud gives enterprises the ability to manage costs, extend capacity on demand, reduce lead-time for procuring and configuring hardware, and reduce hardware sizing risk as loads fluctuate. It also gives service providers the ability to focus on service delivery rather than managing the underlying infrastructure. XenDesktop cloud-hosted session desktops enable mobile workstyles, delivering any type of app, to any type of device, over any type of network.

Delivering hosted session desktops from Windows Azure gives Citrix enterprise customers the benefit of deploying in a cloud familiar to Windows administrators and optimized for Windows workloads. Additionally, service providers benefit from being able to focus on world-class service delivery made possible by the global presence of Windows Azure, rather than having to manage infrastructure. By leveraging existing Citrix Service Provider reference architectures for Citrix XenApp® and the Citrix Design Guide for Windows Azure, service providers can rapidly create high-quality multi-tenant session desktop services based in Windows Azure. This allows businesses of all sizes to mobilize Windows apps and Windows Server-based session desktops and deliver them as a cloud service to any device.

Read the full announcement:  Citrix Enables High-Performance App and Desktop Delivery from Windows Azure