Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:55

New hardware, more features for Citrix Receiver Featured


New platforms - including Google's Chromebook - have been announced for Citrix Receiver, along with additional features and performance improvements.

Citrix Receiver already allows the use of virtualised applications on a variety of devices, but the latest release adds support for new models including the HP TouchPad, BlackBerry Playbook and Google Chromebook.

Amit Singh, Google's global vice president for enterprise, welcomed Receiver as a way of running traditional desktop applications in a Chromebook's browser, and said Receiver would be deployed within Google, and that American Airlines intended to roll out the Receiver/Chromebook combination to its home-based reservation agents.

By way of celebration, Google gave away Chromebooks to several hundred attendees at Citrix Synergy 2011.

John Fanelli, vice president of product marketing for enterprise desktop and applications said support for Chrome OS and HP WebOS would be available as soon as the hardware ships, and noted that Receiver is preinstalled on the Motorola Atrix smartphone (which has received considerable attention due it its performance and ability to work with netbook-like and desktop docking stations).

The company also demonstrated a web version of Receiver that will work with just about any device with a web browser.

The set of applications 'installed' on a particular user's Receiver will appear when they run the software on any supported device, a facility the company calls 'follow-me apps'. Citrix also demonstrated 'follow-me data', whereby files are stored locally in an encrypted format and kept synchronised across devices. Remote wiping is supported in case a device is lost or its user leaves the organisation.

The new version of Receiver features performance improvements and rich audio, multimedia, and multi-monitor support. Also new is support for single sign-on to SaaS and web applications when Receiver is used in conjunction with Citrix NetScaler Cloud Gateway .

Specific improvements in Receiver for iPad include support for fast app switching, support for desktops up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, improved support for Bluetooth keyboards, accelerated video output, and jailbreak detection.

"With Citrix Receiver, enterprises can truly harness the power of customised 'follow-me' apps and data that allow users to get access to what they need, where they need it," said Sumit Dhawan, group vice president and general manager, Receiver and end-user services at Citrix.

Disclosure: the writer travelled to San Francisco as the guest of Citrix.



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