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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

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

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