Microsoft Teams optimization in IGEL OS – New Release

By Fredrik Brattstig @virtualbrat

2020-Sept-18
Hi folks, hope you are well! Yesterday the 17th of September IGEL released a private build firmware containing Citrix Workspace App 2009. I dug in to do a test of Microsoft Teams optimization.

The setup is:
– Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2003 VDA on a Windows Server 2019 with Microsoft Teams 1.3.00.13565
– IGEL UD7 endpoint 11.04.131
– IGEL UD3 endpoint 11.04.131
– Iphone 11 Pro

My experience with Microsoft teams optimized in Citrix, running on IGEL OS is what I would say a native experience. What do I mean by that?
Looking at the Skype for Business optimization the user experience was OK, though a bit of feeling that it wasn’t running native. A small lag when someone called or if you dialed out. Some latency when connecting to a meeting and so on. With Microsoft Teams in Citrix using IGEL OS for optimization/Offloading, this is not the case. There is a definite feeling of running Microsoft teams native on a windows box. I really like this as the user experience while working with Microsoft Teams in the session is great!

I recoded a small video trying to show how it could look. There was a challenge to get the audio working well with my self connected to a video conference, the audio you hear in the video is the MS Teams audio stream.

If you are interested in testing out this new firmware from IGEL it can be downloaded here:

https://igel-technology.sharefile.com/d-s3b398c5e9654507b

Enjoy, #staysafe and have a great weekend, video of the call below!