IGEL, provider of a managed endpoint operating system that delivers secure access to any digital workspace, announced the availability and support for Microsoft Teams optimization on IGEL OS-powered endpoints connecting to Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. The result of more than two years of joint development and co-engineering between IGEL and Microsoft, this solution provides high-performance Teams capabilities that enable employees to work and collaborate from anywhere utilizing the secure Linux-based IGEL OS.
“IGEL is proud to be teaming with Microsoft to bring to market an optimized Microsoft Teams experience on Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 for enterprises of any size,” said Jed Ayres, CEO, IGEL. “Optimized Teams support has become a mandatory requirement since the start of the pandemic and continues to be essential in today’s hybrid world. This technology offers a seamless experience, without tradeoffs, for users of Teams on IGEL OS-powered Linux endpoints.”
“IGEL is a valued Microsoft technology partner and has worked with the Microsoft engineering team shoulder to shoulder to create an optimized Microsoft Teams experience for Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 with the Linux-powered IGEL OS,” said Kam VedBrat, Director, Azure Virtual Desktop, Microsoft. “Together, we are able to provide our mutual customers with robust collaboration experiences, smooth video, dynamic screen-sharing, and advanced Teams capabilities, delivered with the ease of management and security that are hallmarks of the IGEL operating system.”
Microsoft won the IGEL Ready Partner of the Year for 2021 for the deep levels of collaboration that began in November 2019, when IGEL was named an inaugural member of the Azure Virtual Desktop value-add partner program as an “early adopter” and was recognized by Microsoft as a key Linux device partner. In 2020, IGEL announced the first Linux client to support Azure Virtual Desktop and Microsoft became a founding member of the IGEL Ready technology partner program. Since that time, IGEL and Microsoft have collaborated in the development of a high-performance Teams experience on IGEL-OS powered endpoints, delivering capabilities on par with Windows-powered endpoints.
Users of the jointly developed Azure Virtual Desktop Teams experience on IGEL OS have seen significant benefits from the combined solution.