Lately main stream media picked up on the fact that we’re building an ICA client for the iPhone. Several stories emerged, many pointing back to Al’s blog as well as our most popular blog post ever by Chris Fleck.
Some have questioned if we were really working on a client or just some vaporware.
I can safely tell you that what you’ve heard is true, we’re building an ICA client for the iPhone, but that’s not all. We’re not just building an ICA client for another mobile platform, we’re redefining the mobile experience for Citrix users, we’re building a Citrix Receiver for the iPhone.
iPhone is remarkable for its design and simplicity and we do not intend to change that, in fact, we find ourselves inspired by all its novelties.
Our goal in delivering a Citrix Receiver to an iPhone is to ensure a completely seamless transition from personal to enterprise, all in one device. Virtually millions business critical application run today on Citrix XenApp, and soon enough all of them will be at your fingertips in an iPhone near you.
We are following the very same guidelines every other native iPhone app follows, and to ensure that, we have teamed up with our friends at Apple to deliver nothing but the smoothest experience to our users.
The Citrix Receiver for iPhone will not only look and feel native to this platform but it will leverage many of the software and hardware advancements incorporated into this ingenious device. Expect a rich combination of multi-touch gestures, great usage of the iPhone’s accelerometer and many more.
Our timeline can not yet be disclosed, however I can share with you that the first edition of the Citrix Receiver will be released to the App Store within the first half of 2009. In the meantime, we are building an iPhone community site within CDN, allowing us to contribute and share information with the industry as well as a mainline of communication between our development team and the community; this new site will be available soon, stay tuned.
The Project name is Braeburn (Project Braeburn), I’m the Product Architect, Al Grandville – Product Manager, and a highly skilled team of our finest Mac developers; we form the squad in charge of getting the Citrix Receiver released into the wild. On the new iPhone community site you will be able to chat, ask questions and exchange ideas with all of us.
Stay tuned, iPhone magic is coming soon!