Citrix Receiver 5.8 for iOS out now!

Citrix Receiver 5.8 is now out for the iOS family and has brought some bug fixes, as well as some overall improvements to the software. Now you can work with documents on the screen, using gestures such as scroll, pan, pinch and zoom. It’s also possible to use application-specific gestures and the updated software is supported by iOS-based mobile devices running 5.1x and 6.1x. This means that it can be run on the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, as well as the iPad 2, iPad Retina display and the iPad mini.

Citrix 5.8 for iOS allows users to access virtual desktops and apps using a browser. It also supports:

XenDesktop and XenApp (any of these products):

  • Citrix XenDesktop 4, 5, 5.5, 5.6, and 7
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Citrix XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Citrix XenApp Fundamentals 6.0 for Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008
  • Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003
  • Citrix Presentation Server 4.5

As well as VDI-in-a-Box 5.2.x and 5.3.x and a variety of other server software. With regard to connectivity, Receiver supports HTTP, HTTPS as well as ICA-over-SSL connections to a XenApp server cluster.

What is Citrix Receiver 5.8?

Citrix Receiver 5.8 allows users to connect to applications used by PCs and published on XenApp or XenDesktop from any supported iOS device. It’s possible to launch these applications or hosted desktop so that employees can access work documents on the move, enabling them to securely browse and use them.

Hosted desktop and SaaS services are an ideal way for today’s agile workforce to ensure productivity even when away from the office. As SaaS solutions tend to be paid for monthly, they represent an ideal opportunity for companies to consolidate server assets and save money.

SaaS services are housed in secure data centres that are generally more secure than onsite solutions, as everything can easily be backed up and disaster recovery plans are often much more comprehensive than they are in an average office.

 Security and compliance

SaaS solutions such as hosted desktops, which are enabled by Citrix Receiver, allow complete piece of mind when it comes to security too. This is because they are often manned in the data centre 24/7, as well as using the highest quality firewalls.

This is essential in today’s workplace, especially those that have to deal with compliance, as many enterprises have trouble preparing for an audit. Whilst of course this will still have to be carried out, the piece of mind that is gained from knowing the servers that house your data are secure is one less thing for managers to worry about.

Mobility

Mobility is become an important part of every business, as is collaboration, as telecommuting and BYOD schemes continue to rise. It’s thought that employees access 4 separate devices per week for work purposes in the modern workplace.

Receiver for iOS supports Citrix Mobility Pack 2.0, which improves user experience within supported Windows applications and hosted desktops. Receiver supports all authentication methods supported by Web Interface.

5.8 includes two new HDX apps, which allow for smoother video playback on an iOS device, as well as H264 encoding support for webcam data. It’s also now possible to view different formats such as .wmv, which were not previously available on an Apple device.

Bug fixes

There have been numerous fixes applied since the previous release and these include:

  • Fixes to working with Excel
  • Prompting when an incorrect password under multiple accounts
  • Clipboard mapping copies text without special formatting when using Microsoft applications
  • Lots more

For a comprehensive list of fixes and new features, have a look through the documentation on the Receiver 5.8 website.

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