To do so requires three key things - a device registry, a universal mechanism for messaging between the devices and a cloud-based automation framework.
- The device registry associates you with all of your devices. Some of these will be your personal devices, like your smartphone, tablet and laptop. Others will be shared devices you can access, like flat panel displays in a meeting room. By knowing what devices you have access to, applications can deliver multi-device experiences.
- A universal mechanism for messaging allows any application on any device to communicate with other applications and devices in real time. Think of this as a vendor independent push notification system that works across all of your devices, regardless of who makes them.
- Tying this together is the cloud-based automation framework. It’s the piece that sequences the activity, so for you as the user, it’s simple and everything happens at the right time.
Crystal Palace is an application from Citrix that provides all of this for you. Out of the box we have Crystal Palace applications that run on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. With the Crystal Palace app you can immediately start experiencing the benefits of multi-device work, moving websites, clipboard data and files instantly across your devices. It’s easy to get started and really simple to use. To see how easy it is to use, check out some of our videos.
We understand that your multi-device work goes beyond web and email so we have a full RESTful API for Crystal Palace. With the Crystal Palace API you can create productivity enhancing, multi-device scenarios in your very own apps. It’s yet to be released to the public, but you can learn more about the API by contacting us.
At Citrix, any-ness is at the core of what we do and we see multi-device work as the new frontier in mobility and a new dimension of any-ness that allows you to make the most of your devices regardless of who made them. Our Crystal Palace app allows you to try this experience today so try it and please let us know what you think.