Citrix to launch updated version of XenApp and XenDesktop in Q1

Citrix today said it would launch the updated version of its XenApp and XenDesktop products in Q1 2015.

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Better customer experience, new security features and increased flexibility for application and desktop delivery will be the focus of the latest desktop virtualization updates, said Citrix.

Citrix will update the HDX Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync to expand delivery of Lync 2013 to Linux and Mac devices, and introduce new telephony features to make it easier for those users to take full advantage of unified communications.

Director Session Recording feature will provide insights into user sessions to improve auditing and to provide more proactive troubleshooting capabilities to IT and security directors and administrators.


Customers running XenApp and XenDesktop on XenServer hypervisor will benefit from an upgrade to XenServer 6.5, particularly their users who require high-quality graphics performance, such as designers and engineers.

Advantages of the new release of XenServer include a 50 percent increase in server density for delivering high-end 3D graphics applications in virtual desktops, increased operational agility and a reduction in the total cost of ownership of datacenter operations.

Citrix technology previews

Citrix will introduce a Linux Virtual Desktop Agent, so employees can run Linux applications on non-Linux devices.

Citrix HDX with Framehawk provides acceleration technologies that overcome network conditions to deliver a better-than-native user experience, whether using work applications, accessing web-based applications or watching videos.

Citrix DesktopPlayer for Windows will provide a secure offline virtual desktop on corporate and BYO Windows laptops to some workers, including contractors and consultants.

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