The next major release of Citrix XenApp will be built specifically for Windows Server (WS) 2008 R2. With the addition of this release, XenApp will allow you to host and deliver your applications from three platforms: WS 2003, WS 2008 and WS 2008 R2. R2 itself is very different from the original WS 2008, and XenApp for WS 2008 R2 has some significant differences compared to previous versions as well. These differences present different challenges for organizations as they consider when, how and what to migrate to the R2 platform.

With this in mind, the XenApp product group would appreciate your participation in a small survey that will help us as we develop the roadmap for our future releases. The more participation we get, the more closely our roadmap will match the needs of your organization – from planning new features to solving new challenges and providing better solutions to help you migrate easier. So, if you are an IT Director/Manager or are responsible for maintaining a XenApp environment at one of our customers and have knowledge regarding future migration plans, we urge you to participate. If you don’t think you are the right person to respond please forward this on to the person in your organization who is. For your efforts in completing the survey, we’ll enter you for a chance to win a brand new iPod Touch with 64GB of storage. Pretty nice for a few minutes of your time. (Restrictions apply. See official sweepstakes rules below.)

Also, if you’d like to learn more about XenApp for WS 2008 R2, pre-register for the Tech Preview and we’ll alert you when it’s available.

Thanks in advance!

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THE FOLLOWING SWEEPSTAKES IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH AFRICA ONLY AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF THOSE JURISDICTIONS. DO NOT ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES IF YOU DO NOT RESIDE IN ONE OF THESE DESIGNATED JURISDICTIONS AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The Sweepstakes will be open during the survey research period, beginning December 3, 2009 and ending no later than January 15, 2010. The sweepstakes is sponsored and conducted by Citrix Systems, Inc., 851 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (the “Sponsor”).  

ELIGIBILITY: Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and legal residents of the United States, except for residents of Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota and Wisconsin, aged 21 or older on December 3, 2009.  Void where prohibited. Employees of Citrix Systems, Inc., their divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates, their respective agencies, their business partners and resellers, and members of their respective immediate families and/or household are not eligible. All entrants must have a valid email address. There is no cost to take this survey.  In order to be eligible, entries must be submitted by January 15, 2010 via the survey site and all survey questions must have been answered.  

HOW TO ENTER: All people who complete the survey and give their contact information will automatically be entered into the sweepstakes.  Only one (1) entry per participant is allowed.

PRIZE: One (1) prize:  Apple iPod touch, 64 GB worth US $399.  Prize is non-transferable. All applicable taxes on the prize will be the sole responsibility of the winner. The odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries.  Winner will be chosen using random-number-generation software. Prize will be shipped to the winner.  

WINNER NOTIFICATION: The winning entrant will be selected on January 20, 2010.  Selected entrant will be notified via email within 48 hours of the prize drawing and will have 10 business days to acknowledge notification. Selected entrant may be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility, and, where lawful, a publicity consent agreement, all within 10 days of acknowledged notification.

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The Sweepstakes entry requires certain personally identifying information.  To the extent that Citrix does not already have this information, it will be added to Citrix’s mailing list database and will be treated in accordance with Citrix’s privacy policy.   

If a selected entrant cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, fails to timely return the completed and executed declaration and releases as required, or prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, prize may be forfeited and an alternate entrant selected. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email account.

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