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iPad news from Citrix Synergy

Earlier this month Citrix hosted the first Citrix Synergy event out of the US. Citrix Synergy Berlin was totally sold out and expectations was high. I personally had a great event, with good sessions and great networking opportunities with both Danish Citrix customers, Citrix employes and other cool people form around the world. I was quite impressed that Citrx actually had enough of new announcement, to make it worth of my time, even though I attended Citrix Synergy in San Francisco in May.

I’m not going to go through the whole event or keynotes. There are already a lot of good information available on that topic, like on BrianMadden.com or ShawnBass.com, both of them did live blogging from the keynote and Brian Madden have written a couple of articles after the event, about some of the announcements, like XenDesktop 5 and XenClient.

If you haven’t already done so, I will suggest you to check out the special Citrix Synergy, Citrix TV Channel (http://community.citrix.com/p/citrixtv-synergyberlin#entire+plenary). From this site you can watch the keynote, a few breakout sessions, Citrix TechEdge videos and demoes. Unfortunately the updated session on Mac’s, iPhones and iPads in Citrix environments, from Citrix Synergy San Francisco, that I delivered with René Vester wasn’t recorded, but I will try to make the SlideDeck and the demo-videos available from this website shortly.

One thing I will comment on is the upcoming Citrix Receiver for iPad.

At the keynote Wednesday, Advanced Solutions Development Wizard, Gus Pinto (That’s the coolest job title – don’t’ we all want to be Wizards :-)) did a great demonstration of the upcoming Citrix Receiver for iPad. You can watch the demonstration right here, it’s starts with CEO Mark Templeton talking about iPads around 5.00 minutes into the video and Gus Pinto taking the stage at 6.50.

In this video Gus Pinto demonstrates the new Citrix Receiver, coming with the release of iOS 4.2 for iPad in November.

Here are some of the cool new features:

  • New interface
  • App-store integration (formerly known as Dazzle)
  • Faster connection start-up (With XenApp 6 and XenDesktop 5)

Hopefully this feature will work with earlier versions as-well – but don’t count on it.

  • Visual indicator when clicking

Helps you train where you click on the screen.

  • Mouse pointer

You use the iPad screen as an touchpad, dragging around with the mouse pointer.

  • Fast application switch between Citrix applications
  • Receiver running side-by-side with other applications utilizing iOS 4.2 multi-tasking

You don’t have to launch your application again, after shortly having switched to another iPad app.

  • Automatic keyboard pop-up

The keyboard will automatically pop-up when a textfield is detected.

  • Wireless printing
  • Web Interface integration with the Citrix Receiver

This integration makes it possible to use Safari to access a Web Interface site, logon and access your application/desktops without the setup of any special configuration.

Gus Pinto also shows how to use the Citrix Receiver on iPad with external keyboard and external screen. This is easy, looks great and you can use the iPad as a touchpad. I really love this, but I would love it even more, if I could attach my bluetooth mouse directly to the iPad and use it inside the Citrix session.

I really can’t wait to start using the new Citrix Receiver and iOS 4.2.

Jacob Berg