As most of you know, XenApp 5 is not compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2. Citrix has been working diligently on an R2-compatible version. The “technology preview” has been out for several weeks now. Apparently the new product is sufficiently different that Citrix decided it warranted a major release number – so a few days ago, Citrix announced the release of XenApp v6. Here are some of the high points of the new release:
- The biggie, of course, is compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2. This means, among other things, that it will be a 64-bit-only release (since R2 is strictly 64-bit). And that has obvious implications for things like print driver and application compatibility.
- New setup wizards reportedly cut installation time in half.
- New “AppCenter” application management console. Includes the ability to manage and deliver streamed apps using both Microsoft App-V and Citrix application streaming from a single point.
- Better integration with Microsoft management tools, including PowerShell.
- “HDX” (High Definition User Experience) support for:
- Real-time audio and video collaboration using Microsoft Office Communicator and VoIP soft phones
- CD-quality audio with 90% less bandwidth
- Plug-n-play support for USB devices like Point-of-Sale interfaces, webcams, microphones, scanners, digital cameras, etc.
- Support for the new “Dazzle” self-service application storefront
- New Citrix Receiver for Android mobile devices (and a promise that BlackBerry support is coming soon)
Along with the release of XenApp 6, Citrix is also releasing XenApp 5 Feature Pack 3, which will port as many of these features as possible back to Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 (non-R2) users.
Customers with current Subscription Advantage as of March 17 will be able to download XenApp 6 starting March 24. And, since XenDesktop 4 Enterprise and Platinum editions include full access to XenApp functionality, this applies to XenDesktop 4 customers as well as XenApp customers.
For more on the announcement, check out the following video from Citrix TV:
And for even more product information, see the XenApp 6 product page on the Citrix Web site.