Citrix XenApp Essentials is the fastest and easiest way to securely deliver Windows apps from Microsoft Azure to any device. This unique application virtualization service combines industry-leading XenApp technology with the power and flexibility of Microsoft Azure to provide a simple, prescriptive, and easy-to-consume app delivery solution. Citrix and Microsoft deliver an integrated experience that simplifies onboarding for XenApp Essentials and Azure IaaS, providing a single interface to design, deploy and deliver virtualized Windows apps from Azure.
Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1808 is now available for download.
Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)
Citrix have also changed their release cycle to follow built version + YYMM (Year, Month) and is following Microsoft how they name their release built for Windows OS/Server, which I really like..
This release is the first release that officially supports the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2019, so you can test if your applications works. Citrix have always done a great job of having 0day support of next generation Windows Server OS.
Sharefile SSO support in Virtual Delivery Agent for ServerOS and Client OS, this is a HUGE step in SIMPLICITY and something customers are going to love. The ShareFile integration also gives you the open-in option in the workspace service UI.
Another great thing is that now “infrastructure components for Citrix” can be installed on Microsoft Windows ServerCore, which means a minimum OS and only install what is required, no GUI just raw performance, something which a lot of service providers, customers are going to like. This is important for scalability and automation and having best TCO running a Citrix infrastructure. Citrix director & delivery controller now works and is supported on ServerCore (WS2012r2/WS2016/WS2019).
Another huge benefit for Citrix “XenApp” or “Virtual Apps” Customers is that Server OS VDA now supports NVIDIA NVENC video encoding. This technology is awesome and means that the CPU is no longer used for encoding HDX but Citrix can use NVENC to increase the UX and lower CPU usage and deliver higher FPS. Citrix Virtual Apps 7 1808 requires NVIDIA GRID version, which isn’t released yet to support NVENC.
Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:
- New Product names
- New Product versions
- New Product editions
- Director 1808
- Virtual Delivery Agents 1808 for ServerOS and ClientOS
- Virtual Delivery Agents 1808 for Desktop OS Core Services
- Virtual Delivery Agent 1808 for Linux
- Profile Management 1808
- Provisioning 1808
- Storefront 3.16
- Session Recording 1808
- Self-service Password Reset 1.1.20
- App Layering 4.13
- Citrix Hypervisor 7.6
- Licensing 188.8.131.52 Build 25000
- Workspace App 1808
- Smart tools
- Citrix SmartScale is now deprecated for current release.
- Support for browser content redirection in Internet Explorer 11.
Citrix continues to maintain current support levels as described in XenApp and XenDesktop Servicing Options.