Receiver 3.4 Released

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Citrix has released their newest version of the Receiver Client with several new features and enhancements. Topping the list is official support for Windows 8. In addition to the new OS compatibility are the following:

  • Use of a single session for both VPN and clientless access so that a Receiver user logs on once for both types of access and consumes only one license. This feature requires StoreFront.
  • Cleaner logons – only prompts users to enter credentials when a log on is required. Users are only prompted to log on again after manually logging off, or after changing networks.
  • Integration for delivery via Microsoft System Center 2012.
  • General UI enhancements
    • Improved user control over Start Menu/Desktop shortcuts
    • Request an app process is more transparent to users, only prompting when mandatory.
    • Removed dialogue boxes from add/remove app procedures
    • More clarity in error messages
    • A “reset to factory defaults” option
  • Pre-launch of XenApp applications (Not through StoreFront yet. This will be coming later in the year)
  • Supports ShareFile StorageZones integration

Citrix has provided some updates for customers requiring Legacy PNA Functionality with CitrixReceiverEnterprise.exe updates. Smart card single sign-on for Windows is now included in version 3.4, as well as some APIs for Fast Connect.

To aid with migrations and upgrades to newer versions of Receiver, Citrix also decided to extend support for minor revisions (3.0 through 3.3). This brings support for Receiver 3.2 to July of 2013, and 3.3 out to December 2013. For more details on the Citrix Lifecycles, go here (http://www.citrix.com/support/product-lifecycle/milestones/receiver.html).

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Thoughts

With this update, Citrix shows that they’re making progress bringing the Receiver/StoreFront family up to par (and in some cases, ahead of) with the classic Online Plugin/Web Interface connection solution. In some of our customer deployments, we’ve been hesitant to utilize some of the newer platforms due to missing features, such as Pre-Launch and Smart Card authentication.

Our favorite sets of improvements all stem from the user experience side of things. We were disappointed with the immediate pop-up of “Enter your work email or server address” with previous releases of Receiver, and led to some headaches and confusion during deployment. This pop-up is no longer part of the default behavior!

Also, the actions of the primary Receiver window has been lightly tweaked to even more resemble a mobile app store, something which most users are already familiar with. Couple this with less cryptic (read: useful) error messages, and this version of Receiver is a great step forward when compared to its predecessors. We can’t wait to see future releases as Receiver/StoreFront continue to evolve.

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