What a difference a year makes. When I think back to January 2010, exactly one year ago, the first thing that strikes me is, wow, I lived my life without my iPad! How did I survive? Now I cannot imagine getting through a single day of my personal or professional life without this amazing device. That’s a massive change for one year. And there’s no turning back the clock on the tablet phenomenon.

I bet you feel the same way. We are all part of a much larger trend that took root this year in companies around the globe. Specifically, our devices (whether iPad, iPhone, Droid or other) have empowered us to work and play from just about anywhere. We are not longer tethered to our desks from the hours of 9 to 5; in fact, the new workforce likely won’t ever experience an ol’ fashioned desk job. From any device, and from any location, we can do just about any type of work imaginable. From the airport, hotel, soccer field or poolside, we can do stuff that matters. This has been incredibly liberating, and it has set a new bar for how we expect to work and live.

It’s interesting to consider why 2010 was THE year for “workshifting.” Sure, the iPad spurred things along. But only this year did enterprise infrastructure evolve to a point to make this degree of virtual computing possible. When I think back over the last year, I’m proud to highlightthat Citrix has been at the forefront of an evolution that has brought about a revolution.

Our CEO Mark Templeton laid out his vision for workshifting in May at our Synergy event in San Francisco. Between that event and Synergy Berlin in October, Citrix delivered a series of products that have transformed the workshifting promise into reality.

This includes several innovations in desktop virtualization. The release of Citrix XenDesktop 5 included new technologies that make it easy for IT to incorporate mobile device users into a unified enterprise desktop virtualization strategy. Whether a corporate-owned laptop managed by IT or an employee-owned device such as an iPad or Droid, it’s now possible for users to access all their corporate applications and documents with unparalleled security and simplicity.

And, if you are a close follower of Citrix you probably know that Citrix Receiver, our universal software client for accessing any existing business app or desktop on any device, is one of this year’s most popular business apps. Receiver was downloaded more than one million times for the iPhone and iPad. That doesn’t even count all the other devices we began to support this year, such as the Blackberry PlayBook, Cisco Cius, Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy and Chrome Notebook offerings, among others. I can virtually guarantee that if you’ve got your eye on any other device, yes, there’s a Citrix Receiver for that.  Viva diversity!

Workshifting also has major implications for data centers and cloud computing, and Citrix made significant advances in these areas this year, too. For example, new Citrix OpenCloud products give companies a pragmatic way to deliver the broadest variety of SaaS and enterprise Web applications to their users – from any internal or external cloud service – safely and securely.

Another highlight from 2010 is the continued progress we’ve made in optimizing Citrix NetScaler for cloud-based virtual data centers. As a result, IT organizations can deliver networking as an on-demand service, with lower operational costs, increased application availability and faster performance.

That’s a lot of development in one year. And, of course, there’s so much more that I can’t even begin to address in this one blog post. (If you do want to revisit the last year, be sure to check out our news highlights from 2010.) I think it is safe to say that 2010 was the year that workshifting truly started to go mainstream. Like a snowball that turns into an avalanche, there’s only more momentum to be gained as we increasingly workshift. And Citrix will be there helping to guide every twist and turn.

Buckle up for 2011. It will be an exciting ride.

Happy New Year to all!