A few days ago Citrix released a new update to the popular Citrix Receiver client for the Macintosh. In addition to providing needed updates to support the latest features in Mac OS 10.7 Lion, the new Citrix Receiver client provides a rich set of new capabilities that will further enhance end user experience and performance. The new capabilities of Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.4 include:

  • Secure remote access through both Citrix Access Gateway and Secure Gateway;
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Bi-directional audio support
  • Support for Communicator and other audio playback
  • Improved HDX video performance

We view Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.4 as an important but evolutionary step in providing the ultimate end user experience for Mac users accessing Citrix virtual computing infrastructure.  We expect to even further enhance support in the near future.

While Apple and Macintosh users remain one of our most important constituents — and certainly the dramatic growth of the Macintosh user base in the last few years increases the importance of supporting the platform — we have had to make some difficult choices in how and where we provide support in distributing the Macintosh client. Citrix Receiver requires the highest levels of operating system and platform integration and access to insure security and performance.  For example, one of our biggest challenges has been the further simplification of application access while insuring the strongest security and best end user experience. Unfortunately, as you may know, Apple App Store policies restrict the kind of applications to those with minimal OS-level interactions.  This has created a gap between what we are allowed to deliver in Citrix Receiver via the Mac App Store versus what we want to deliver to provide the highest levels of security, performance and OS level integration.  With the introduction of Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.4 we have decided to withdraw from the Apple Mac App Store and instead direct our Macintosh end users to download the Receiver client directly from our website.  This decision only impacts the Apple Mac App Store and does not in any way reflect our commitment to the Macintosh platform or any other Apple distribution.

Now the best news:  We have completely redesigned the Citrix Receiver website to make it easier to find, install and configure Receiver!  You can find Citrix Receiver for Mac along with all the other platform distributions at CitrixReceiver.com or Citrix.com/Receiver.

Let us know what you think of the redesign and keep checking back for the latest news and client updates!