Citrix has just announced the release of its market-leading desktop virtualization solution, Citrix XenDesktop® 5.6.  This release also presents the opportunity to enhance your mobile workstyles and end-user computing experience by deploying key components like CloudGateway Express, Citrix Receiver for Windows and the Citrix Mobility Pack (on hosted-shared desktops), which are now available for download.

CloudGateway Express (which you can think of as the next-generation of Web Interface) provides an easy-to-configure unified app store to consistently deliver an unparalleled rich, end-user experience (on any device via the Citrix Receiver). It is designed for quick and easy adoption by existing, as well as new, XenDesktop customers.

CloudGateway Express offers breakthrough app store features that can immediately benefit your users:

Unified app store: Unified ‘single pane of glass’ experience across all device-optimized (native) Receivers or the browser-based Receiver for Web

Self-service: Flexibility for users to choose only the apps that are relevant to their daily work, thereby simplifying their desktops and making it easier for them to find what they need, whenever they need it

One experience: Ability to select a set of Windows apps and desktops on one device and consistently deliver the same set of apps on any device, anywhere

Cloud-ready: Headroom to extend the unified StoreFront services from Windows apps to web, SaaS applications and corporate data (coming soon) by upgrading to CloudGateway Enterprise

Citrix Receivers for Windows, iOS, Android and Chromebook will take full advantage of CloudGateway Express to deliver an enhanced, consistent end-user experience on your Windows PCs, notebooks and a plethora of tablets and smartphones. Enhancements include remote access (without a VPN client) to StoreFront, auto provisioned applications, one-click configuration, and a unified user experience.

The Mobility Pack enables a contextual transformation of an application’s user interface (UI) via Citrix Receiver to take advantage of the native features of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Now your existing Windows applications can adapt to the way users interact with applications on smaller devices.

This is a great way to enhance the mobile workstyles of your employees while continuing to raise the bar for user experience, on any device, anywhere!