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New Receiver for iPhone 4 – Part 1

Citrix recently released Citrix Receiver for iPhone version 4.

This new version is an updated version for iOS 4 and iPhone 4.

The client runs on older iPhones as-well, but their might be features that don’t work with older iPhones (Like external display support).

The Citrix Receiver for iPhone 4.0 adds the following new features:

  • User Interface Refresh
    • New Recent apps list
    • Retina display support
  • Auto-fit Screen
    • Auto-size on rotation
  • Multitasking Support
    • Use virtual apps side by side with native apps.
  • New Gestures
- Simpler and more accurate gestures
    • Tap-point feedback
  • Shared Clipboard
    • Share pasteboard between virtual/native apps
  • Shared Documents
    • Share files via iTunes with your virtual apps
  • External Display Support
    • Extend your virtual app to a monitor or projector
  • Performance enhancements
    • Up to 30% faster than previous version
  • Bug Fixes

Download Citrix Reciever for iPhone here:

Citrix has also released two new pdf-documents for the Citrix administrator:

One is the Administrator guide for Receiver for iPhone. This guide describes how to setup your environment for remote access, using Citrix Access Gateway and Citrix Secure Gateway.

Download Citrix Receiver for iPhone Administration guide here.

The other guide is Citrix Receiver for Mobile Devices Troubleshooting Guide (CTX125533).

This guide delivers valuable information on troubleshooting the Citrix Receiver and delivers information on log-files and error messages.

Download Citrix Receiver for Mobile Devices Troubleshooting Guide here.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I will take a closer look at Shared Documents and Shared Clipboard.

Jacob Berg

Here at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco

I’m now in San Francisco getting ready for Citrix Summit, and later this week for the Citrix Synergy.

After some delays due to the volcano in the Iceland, we finally made it to San Francisco after 36 hours of traveling.

It has been some very busy months and I haven’t had the time to blog as much as I would like to, but now I’m all psyched up and ready for Synergy and I hope to compensate by blogging about this great event.

As I already have announced earlier I’m presenting a session with René Vester Wednesday, May 12, at 9:00 am. We have been very busy getting ready but we are finally done and I think this will be great. The session is titled SYN321- Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure. If your in San Francisco stop by, I’m sure it will be worth your time.

Today we start with Citrix Summit, the Citrix partner evnet. This event is under NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Which basically means we’re not allowed to talk (or blog) about the content. You’ll have to wait for the big news until Wednesday, where Synergy starts, then we see what’s made public. I will try to blog about non-NDA content under Summit.

I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to hear what Citrix have for us this year. I’m pretty sure they will announce the public beta of XenClient, but we’ll see about that – I have been wrong before . Anyway there is a lot of XenClient session and demonstrations available on Summit and Synergy and I will not miss those. There will also be a lot of other interesting sessions. I have tried to make a schedule in advance, but I really had to make some tough choices about what I’m gonna hear.

I will now head over to Moscone West for Summit, but I’ll come back with updates throughout the week.

If your interested you can follow whats happening on Twitter, by searching after twits containing #CitrixSynergy.

Jacob Berg

Citrix is ready for the iPad

Citrix is ready for the big release of the iPad tomorrow.

Right on time, Citrix has today released a new Citrix Receiver for iPad. The new iPad Receiver will use Dazzle features and integrate GoToMeeting into the iPad.

Even though there is no news from Apple, when they plan to release the iPad in Denmark, I’m ecstatic.

I think this is so cool and I hope the iPad (and Citrix Receiver on iPad) will turn out to be exactly as useful as I imagine it could be.

It looks like Citrix have done a great job in developing the client for iPad, If you haven’t seen it in action check out the demo on Citrix TV (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1935). One thing that i notice about the demo, is the fact that Chris Fleck use what looks like a mouse with the Receiver. I don’t think it will be possible to use a real mouse with the iPad, so it’s properly because the video is recorded with the iPad emulator.

UPDATED: Citrix have a trick up their sleeve. Check out this video and see how Gus Pinto use his iPhone as a trackpad to control the iPad (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1937).

If your one of the lucky owners of an iPad, you can download the Citrix Receiver for iPad via iTunes here (http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/citrix-receiver-for-ipad/id363501921?mt=8).

For more information check out the official Citrix ipad site (http://www.citrix.com/ipad).

If you don’t have a Citrix farm, where you can test your new iPad with Citrix Receiver, you can test it at http://citrixcloud.net/Citrix_Cloud_Demos.html.

If you by any chance, is going to Synergy in San Francisco. I will be giving a session at Synergy with René Vester. In this session we will feature information on the iPad, and hopefully be able to make a demonstration of the new Citrix Receiver for iPad.

More info on this session: SYN321- Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure

Jacob Berg

XenApp 6 to be released Marts 24th

Last week Citrix announced the release of XenApp 6 on Marts 24th. With less than 10 days to go I want to summarize some of the great new features in the upcoming release.

The last months I have had the opportunity to play around with the tech preview of XenApp 6 in my lab. I’m surprised how many great new features will be added in XenApp 6. Now we just ned to see the stability and scaling in real-life.

First of all XenApp 6 will support Windows Server 2008 R2. Citrix has rewritten the code-base to fully support Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 architecture.

I have made a list highlighting most of the new features:

  • Citrix Receiver architecture for Windows, Mac and Linux
    • New Citrix Receiver for Windows, Mac and Linux.
    • Single auto-updating client using plug-ins.
  • App-V integration
    • Stream and publish App-V packages.
    • Subscribe to App-V packages using Dazzle.
    • Manage App-V client using the Citrix Receiver.
  • HDX RealTime audio
    • Enhanced audio codec reduces bandwidth by 90%.
    • Preserving CD quality sound.
    • New “Optimized for speech” codec.
    • Clear audio quality to softphone and voice chat (less than 20 Kbps).
    • Echo cancellation for VoIP softphone.
  • HDX RealTime collaboration
    • Support for Microsoft Office Communicator video and audio conference.
    • WebCam support.
    • HDX Plug-n-Play enhanced color and monitor support
    • HDX Plug-n-Play 32-bit graphics support.
    • Alpha-channel graphics enabled.
    • Uses same bandwidth as 24-bit session.
    • Enhanced application compatibility.
    • DirectX/Direct3D hardware acceleration.
  • Simplified installation
    • Role-based installation wizard.
    • Automated pre-requisite installation.
    • Configuration performed after installation.
    • Auto-configuration using group policies.
  • Single management console
    • Redesigned based on MMC 3.0.
    • Still called Citrix Delivery Services Console
  • Active Directory Group Policy integration
    • Policy-based management of XenApp.
    • Group Policy templates and integration. Rapid server, application and user access configuration.
  • PowerShell 2.0
    • PowerShell replaces MFCOM.
    • Automate XenApp management tasks. XenApp SDK using PowerShell.
  • Server Groups/Worker Groups
    • Simplified application workload/silo management.
    • Publish application to server groups
    • Assign policies to server groups
    • Group preference and fail-over (instead of zone)
  • New enhanced License Management
    • New License Management Console.
    • License reporting in EdgeSight.
  • User profile streaming
    • Load individual profile settings on-demand or download in the background
    • Updated on the fly, no need to logoff for update.
    • Reduces logon time.
  • Application Isolation for Windows services
    • Windows services can now be profiled and streamed.
  • Dazzle v1.1
    • Subscribe App-V packages.
  • User mobility
    • Back to the old “Any, any, any” concept.
    • Universal SmartPhone support.
    • New Citrix receiver for iPhone.
    • Receiver for Windows mobile.
    • Receiver for Android.

This is properly not a complete list and some of the features may be subject to change in the final release.

For a detailed comparison to older versions check out the Comparative Feature Matrix (http://www.citrix.com/site/resources/dynamic/salesdocs/Citrix-XenApp-Comparative-Feature-Matrix.pdf).

Jacob Berg

Speaker at Citrix Synergy 2010 in San Francisco

Wow! It’s now official! –  I’m going to be a speaker at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco in May.

I’m going to San Francisco to give a session at Citrix Synergy 2010. The session was approved late january, after waiting several months, since the official deadline for ”call for papers”. Now the official agenda is released and can be found here (http://www.citrixsynergy.com/agenda/sessions.html).

I’m presenting a session titled SYN321- Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure. With me as co-presenter are René Vester. René is a very good friend of mine and a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) – Check out René’s  blog at renevester.com.

The session is scheduled on Wednesday, May 12, at 9:00 am – Right before the Keynote 🙂

Session Description:

Mac computers and iPhones are getting more and more popular among the users of corporate IT infrastructure. BYOC concepts are introducing more Mac’s into “no-Mac” companies. With the introduction of more operating system platforms, IT organizations face new challenges to handle these non-Windows user devices. In this session we will layout the options with live demonstrations of Mac/Citrix use cases to show how this new type of user device can be incorporated into existing or planned Citrix infrastructure.

In this session you will learn:

  • How Citrix technologies complement the Mac and the iPhone
  • How to get the most out of Citrix on Mac/iPhone
  • Best practices on how to implement Citrix solutions on Mac

I’m very excited about this opportunity and I hope you’ll attend the session, if your lucky enough to be in San Francisco in May.

I’ll get back later with more insight information on the session.

Jacob Berg