Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac extends the benefits of XenDesktop to MacBook users, enabling them to run Windows desktops on a Mac whether they are online, offline, or even experiencing a slow or intermittent network connection. End users gain freedom while IT gains control by centrally managing Windows virtual desktops deployed to corporate and BYO MacBooks.
Seamless virtual Windows desktops for Macs
Using DesktopPlayer with XenDesktop and ShareFile enables users to switch between local and hosted VMs with ongoing synchronization of profiles and data. This allows users to work on their laptop and then seamlessly switch to any device to access their hosted virtual desktop.
DesktopPlayer is the only virtual desktop solution for MacBooks that provides:
With DesktopPlayer, Citrix customers can deploy the same Windows virtual desktop image to their MacBooks as they do to their corporate laptop users. This enables companies to manage all corporate laptops, including BYO MacBooks, using the same virtual desktop image library.
DesktopPlayer will provide a standard platform for Windows images running on corporate and BYO Macs. End users will value its simplicity and flexibility, and IT will value the time they save on managing and securing laptops.
The local mode of XenDesktop for Macs
XenDesktop local mode is an umbrella term for capabilities that enable running virtual desktops locally. It includes both DesktopPlayer and XenClient. DesktopPlayer runs virtual desktops on a Type-2 client hypervisor, which is ideal for corporate and BYO MacBooks since it does not disrupt the user’s existing base operating system, but still allows IT to deliver a centrally managed corporate Windows virtual desktop. XenClient runs virtual desktops on a Type-1 client hypervisor, for greater control and management of PC laptops and desktops.
I’m a big fanboy [of DesktopPlayer].