Microsoft has acquired FSLogix, an Atlanta-based company that cuts down on the effort of setting up virtual desktops for large organizations.
In a blog post, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365 Brad Anderson and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure Julia White wrote that the acquisition will help speed up Microsoft’s Office 365 ProPlus in situations with multiple users running virtual desktops.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A virtual desktop lets an operating system live in the cloud, rather than on a specific device. This allows multiple users to work off the same apps, in this case Office 365, and access multiple workspaces on the same screen or the same desktop on different devices. The concept is popular in the healthcare industry, where privacy requirements mean medical records need to be isolated from worker to worker, and schools, so that students can have their own desktop regardless of the devices they use.
On its website, FSLogix says it is both a Microsoft partner and an Amazon Web Services Technology Partner. With offices in Salt Lake City, Denver, Boston, London and the Netherlands, it specializes in helping implement virtual desktop systems that support less than 1,000 users, all the way up to 50,000 users.
The acquisition builds on the announcement of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop in September. The cloud-based program offers a multi-user Windows 10 experience, and it is designed for rapid deployment of Microsoft apps and services.