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Release Candidiate – Citrix @WorkMail & @WorkWeb for iOS

Citrix have released a Release Candidate of @WorkMail @WorkWeb for iOS that works with Citrix CloudGateway Enterprise 2.5.

Below is the blog post Citrix made 16th October 2012, that tells more about what WorkMail & WorkApp is and i have added the screenshots so you can see the apps.

More about @WorkMail & @WorkWeb

@WorkMail is an Exchange email client for the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. This app is part of the larger Me@Work application suite that was announced at Synergy Barcelona.

Most of you are probably blasé to new email clients and have the notion that they seen it all. Let’s face it – email is so 1990’s way to communicate! Many of us probably use Facebook, WhatsApp or LinkedIn messaging as much as their regular email – I definitely do so. You might rightfully expect that building a new email client that adds innovative value to users is wishful thinking – akin to expecting sunshine in Seattle during winter!

However there is no denying that corporate email is the original ‘killer app’ for mobile device and arguably it’s ‘killer’ status remains today – we should remember that RIM made a fortune via Blackberry secure messaging.  As we listened to our customers we found that there is still lots of work to be done for securely delivering enterprise email in BYOD environment that has a great user experience. This is particularly so for our customers who are in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, industry and finance where the costs and liability of information leakage via email are huge. The IT groups at these customers bear the onerous responsibility of ensuring that there is no email data leakage and any mobile device lost at a random bar does not result in sensitive information being divulged. Typically, IT reacts to this responsibility by clamping down and ensuring that no mobile devices have access to corporate email.

Of course, this situation is not tenable and there is a strong demand for secure messaging with usability to match the typical employee’s expectation of a mobile user experience.

Keeping in mind the above context for secure messaging, we targeted the following goals as we designed our email app:

 Build a beautiful and delightful user experience – On mobile devices, users have high expectations of user experience. Enterprise users are the same mainstream customers who have soaked up consumer app user experiences – they expect the same polish and delight in enterprise apps (whether they articulate this or not is a different matter). We have taken this expectation quite seriously and worked hard in creating an integrated design for Mail, Calendar and Contacts.

Work well with Microsoft Exchange and ActiveSync – Exchange is the big boy of enterprise messaging and is the definitely the thought leader. Exchange pretty much dominates the enterprise email and with their Office 365 offering they might dominate the SMB segment as well. We have ensured that Exchange and ActiveSync push messaging protocol works well with our app.

Integrate well with other mobile apps in the Citrix Me@Work Suite – Along with @WorkMail, we launched @WorkWeb – a secure browser app.  We designed from ground-up for our email app to work seamlessly with other apps in the Me@Work suite including the browser app. As a user comes across an intranet link in his email message, he can click on that link to launch @WorkWeb to the intranet site without any further authentication check.  MDX Interapp technology ensures that Single-Sign On and app communications happen in a transparent manner to the user.

Conversely, if you click on a mailto link on the page you are browsing in @WorkWeb it seamlessly opens in @WorkMail email compose form. We have worked hard to ensure that the app to app scenarios work in a secure and great user experience.

Data integration – We have also enabled close integration with the ShareFile space using MDX Interapp technology. We have designed a user experience to easily download document attachments in his email to his ShareFile space – as this space can be managed by IT, it is more secure and goes a long way in addressing DLP.  Using @WorkMail a user can’t download documents to unsecured locations on his device that are outside the purview of IT.

In addition to above features, we have also added bunch of other features such as calendar integration with GoToMeeting for scheduling meetings, showing Free/Busy times and of course encryption, policy and security aspects of MDX Vault.



blog post from Citrix “Citrix delivers email to your mobile device… securely!”

Download technology preview of Citrix @WorkMail & @WorkWeb for iOS here (Require MyCitrix ID)
* HINT look under @Applications on the webpage to find them.

Citrix App Preparation Tool for Mobile Apps

Citrix have released a new version of App Preparation Tool for Mobile Apps. This release now supports iOS and Android apps, this is a huge step forward for Citrix to manage mobile apps in the enterprise. At Citrix Synergy in Barcelona its Citrix strategy to be a strong player that will deliver enterprise solutions which will solve many companies mobile business challenges. This is to provide a better and much more securely mobile platform provided by Citrix. This is the first step for Citrix to final support iOS and Android next we might see support for the Windows 8 mobile platform.

App Preparation Tool for Mobile Apps

Mobile app management allows you to securely manage and deliver mobile apps to users. With the Citrix App Preparation Tool, you can wrap iOS and Android apps to secure access and enforce policies. After you wrap the app, you can upload the app to CloudGateway. Users can then download and install the app from Citrix Receiver. They can subsequently open and work with the app from an icon on the home screen, on the mobile device, or from the Receiver home page.

How the App Preparation Tool Works

Citrix provides the Citrix App Preparation Tool so that you can wrap a mobile app for iOS or Android with Citrix logic and policies. The tool can securely wrap an app that was created within your organization or a mobile app made outside the company. After the app is wrapped, you can upload the app to CloudGateway.

After you download the App Preparation Tool from My Citrix on the Citrix Web site, when you run the tool, the tool prompts you to follow basic steps. For both types of app, use the following guidelines:

  • Provide the app name and optional details about the app.
  • Provide a list of devices to exclude. The devices in the list cannot run the app.
  • Save the new Citrix CMA (.cma) or MDX (.mdx) file that the tool creates to your computer. The CMA or MDX file is the wrapped app that contains Citrix logic and policies.

For iOS apps, you need to following these basic steps:

  • Specify an iOS mobile app IPA file.
  • Choose the iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile and Distribution Certificate to sign the app for distribution.

For Android apps, you need to follow these basic steps:

  • Specify an Android mobile app APK file.
  • Choose the Java Development Kit (JDK) on your computer for wrapping Android mobile apps.
  • Choose the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) on your computer for wrapping Android mobile apps.
  • Choose the Android APK Tool.
  • Choose the keystore for signing Android mobile apps.

When you run the App Preparation Tool, the app determines the application type and version. You can select the minimum and maximum operating system versions.

After you complete wrapping the app, you then upload the CMA or MDX file to CloudGateway. You use the AppController management console to configure specific application details and policy settings that Citrix Receiver enforces. When users log on by using Receiver, the app appears in the store. Users can then subscribe, download and install the app on their device. For more information about configuring the app details and policy settings in AppController, see Adding Mobile Apps to AppController.


Download Citrix App Preparation Tool for Mobile Apps for iOS / Android here (Require MyCitrix ID)