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

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

Citrix and Apple iPad

Last week Steve Jobs introduced Apples newest mobile device called the iPad. I personally think it look quite cool, even though I would have loved a ”real” Mac OSX version or at least flash support and multitasking.

That said, It’s still looks like a great device and with the Citrix Receiver there´s really no limit to the use.

The Citrix receiver on the iPhone has already proven it’s usefulness and with the larger screen and resolution it’s a must have.

Chris Fleck from Citrix has already tested the Citrix Receiver in the iPad SDK simulator and have written a blog post where he encourage people to tell how they can use Citrix Receiver with the iPad. Check it out here and submit your own ideas. He also have a great post where he’s pointing out why iPad could be a door opener for BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer).

Another great blog post is posted by Craig Ellrod. This blog introduces a Proof of Concept made by Citrix and introduces a Deployment guide for XenApp & XenDesktop for Citrix Receiver for iPhone, iPod and iPad.

I really like the idea about using the iPad with Citrix Receiver. This will not only be a very cool way to get access to your Windows apps, but also a very useful way. With the possibility to use an external bluetooth keyboard and maybe even an external screen (Steve Jobs mentioned connecting the iPad to a projector) this could very well function as a full-blown client. The only issue I see for this to succeed is the missing mouse support. Hopefully either Apple or Citrix will fix this issue, so it will be possible to use a mouse when running Citrix Receiver.

I personally can’t wait to see how Citrix Receiver will work on a iPad.

Now I just hope Citrix also will develop a GoToMyPC application for the iPad/iPhone, that will enable you to connect to your PC/Mac from your iPad/iPhone through GoToMyPC from anywhere.

Jacob Berg

GoToMyPC – for Mac

Most of you guys have properly heard about Citrix GoToMyPC, soon a new version is released that could be named GoToMyMac.

These last weeks I have been beta-testing Citrix’s last GoTo-product – The Citrix GoToMyPC version for Mac.

GoToMyPC is a cool product that allow users to connect remotely to their home or office computer without any special configuration.

The only thing needed is the installation of the GoToMyPC client and your up and running. (If you want to know more about how it works check this out: https://www.gotomypc.com/en_US/ourTechnology.tmpl)

Until now Citrix’s GoToMyPC has only been available for PC’s, but in 2 day the official Mac beta ends and a new flavor will see the light of day.

With GoToMyPC for Mac Citrix is adding Mac support :-). Users will now be able to remote control Mac-to-Mac, PC-to-Mac, Mac-to-PC or PC-to-PC.

I have done some testing with the beta and I personally find that very cool. I actually planned to make a screencast, to show some of the features in the beta, but now I’m going to wait for the final version.

If you want to have a quick look before the beta ends and maybe even get in on a special discount hurry over and sign up: https://www.gotomypc.com/mm/g25misc_macbeta.tmpl

I’m really looking forward to the final release and will get back with more info.

Jacob Berg

Citrix Online Plug-In for Mac and Safari 4

I’m getting a lot of questions regarding Safari and the Citrix Online Plug-In for Mac version 11.

Users can’t launch applications from the Web Interface. Nothing happens when clicking on an application icon.

Currently the Citrix Online Plug-In does not work with 64-bit Safari. Citrix are working on a fix for this, but until that is released the workaround is to launch Safari in 32bit mode.

To do this, find Safari in the applications folder and do a Get Info. There will be an “Open in 32-bit mode” checkbox – ensure that this is checked. Restart Safari and web launches should work. Of course, this will affect Safari for all other browsing activities so performance may be slightly impacted.

Scott McDonald from Citrix has a thread on this issue on the Citrix Support Forum: http://forums.citrix.com/thread.jspa?threadID=251388&start=0&tstart=0

Another workaround is to use Firefox

Jacob Berg