Dear Remote Desktop Services Customers, Partners, Pundits, and Enthusiasts:
Now that RemoteFX has shipped, we have each decided to take on other Microsoft challenges outside of Remote Desktop Services.
Chandra Shekaran is moving to Bing to be the General Manager of the Search Technology Center – India in Hyderabad. Tad Brockway is moving back to Redmond from Silicon Valley to lead the AppFabric Developer Platform Program Management team.
Tad joined the Remote Desktop Virtualization (RDV) team in 1998 as a Software Design Engineer and has shipped every major Remote Desktop Services release, starting with Windows 2000. He most recently ran the RemoteFX engineering team.
Chandra took over leadership of RDV in 2003 and has been the General Manager for the team and the Remote Desktop Services business from Windows Server 2003 forward. He conceived and led the Calista acquisition, and shipping that technology as a Hyper-V and Windows Server value-add in the just released Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 completes this exciting chapter for both of us.
The Remote Desktop Services technology and business has been a thrill for both of us. Desktop virtualization has come a long way and is still rapidly evolving. The team has innovated Remote Desktop Services significantly during this period as manifested by a ten-fold increase in the number of Remote Desktop Services-related patents. The number of Remote Desktop Services client access licenses and the revenue from them has grown by more than 400% since 2003. Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) has grown to become foundational to a wide range of Microsoft products, from Hyper-V and System Center to Lync, Windows Live, and Xbox. Remote Desktop Services has grown from a relatively niche scenario to being on the radar of every CIO! But it retains the grassroots and strong community feel that developed in the early days of Terminal Services.
There are exciting times ahead for our partners, customers, and the RDV engineering team. We wish you the best of luck and will enjoy watching your progress as spectators as you all take Remote Desktop Services forward.
Chandra Shekaran and Tad Brockway