Just in time for the New Year, this update responds to requests for first time use and login  simplifications and supports StoreageZones with a new a ShareFile Sync upgrade. It also works well on Windows 8 Pro machines.  You can update  your PC to the latest standard version (CitrixReceiver.exe) by visiting http://receiver.citrix.com/. As before, you can configure the standard version of Receiver using an email or server address or activate it by opening a provisioning file.  Full documentation is on eDocs.

We’ve also squeeze in two long-awaited capabilities into the CitrixReceiverEnterprise.exe version: Fast Connect (previously only supported with the older Online Plug-in) and an update to Smart Card Pass Through Authentication compatible with the new Windows 7 authentication process.  You can download the CitrixReceiverEnterprise.exe 3.4 update using with your mycitrixID from here.

And, to help manage very large deployments, we’re significantly  extending  technical support for previous releases.

Below is more details regards what’s new, extended support, and what comes next. Please continue to let us know where we can improve. Its a big help.

What’s improved in the CitrixReceiver.exe version

Single authentication to the Access Gateway. Use of a single session for both VPN and clientless access so that a Receiver user logs on once for both types of access and consumes only one license. This feature requires StoreFront and the new AG plug-in for Windows

Smoother logon and logoff operations:

  • Users are prompted to log on to Receiver only when a logon is required.
  • Users remain logged on until choosing to log off or exit Receiver, roam from the internal network to an external network, or delete passwords.
  • A VPN tunnel is established when a remote user performs an action that results in a logon. Internal users are logged on to StoreFront.

Windows 8. You can use Receiver for Windows 3.4 on Windows 8 Pro devices. (For Win 8 and Win RT tablets, a preview version of a specific version of Receiver for these devices is available on the Windows Store).

Windows Server 2012 R2, 64-bit edition.

Project Thor Integration. Enables coordinated app delivery with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. See details below.

Other usability improvements:

  • App and desktop Start menu shortcuts are no longer copied to other devices, enabling users to control the location of shortcuts on each of their devices.
  • The Request button is removed. Users can simply click to add an app and, if a request for permission to add the app is required, a dialog box appears.
  • Users will experience fewer dialog boxes when adding and removing apps.
  • Error messages and certificate warnings are clearer.
  • Users can reset Receiver to factory defaults.

Pre-launch. The session pre-launch feature reduces launch times for applications delivered through Web Interface sites.

StorageZones. Receiver for Windows supports both ShareFile managed cloud storage and on-premises StorageZones.  Requires ShareFile Enterprise set up for StorageZones, and the new ShareFile Sync Plug-in. You can find this new plug-in with your mycitrixID  here.

What’s improved on the CitrixReceiverEnterprise.exe version

Included are two improvements for legacy PNA deployments:

Support for smart card single sign-on for Windows 7 devices. Enables smart card pass-through authentication from Windows 7 devices.

Support for Fast Connect. Provides APIs for Citrix partners to rapidly authenticate users to Citrix sessions or desktops.

For information about Receiver for Windows Enterprise, including compatible systems, refer to the Receiver for Windows 3.2 documentation in Citrix eDocs.

What else is new

HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Lync™ Update – The Lync Optimization pack offers clear, crisp high-definition video calls in conjunction with Microsoft® Lync™ by leveraging the user device for local media processing.   Click here to find the December update – mycitrixID required.

Project Thor Technical Preview (SCCM XenApp Connector). This Tech Preview enables administrators to orchestrate the tasks required to deliver applications both to end-users and XenApp Servers seamlessly with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. You can download the Tech Preview with a valid MyCitrixID here. Works with the CitrixReceiver.exe 3.4.

Access Gateway Plug-in for Windows 8 Beta –  We are putting the final touches on a specific Access Gateway client  for Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit) . Windows 8 introduced some changes that required a redesign. This beta should be available in January and will also supports globalized end-user experience in  English, French, German, Japanese  and Spanish languages, a new  easy-to-use wizard that guides users through the installation process. and requires  Access Gateway 10.0, Enterprise Edition ONLY.

Extended support

Responding to the challenges of planning and moving to the next versions of Receiver for large scale deployments, we’re extending support for each minor version (e.g., v3.3) for a minimum of 12 months after the release of the next minor version (e.g., v3.4) for non app store provided Receivers. You can find the new and more detailed support policy here.  The below illustrates what this mean in terms for specific Receiver for Windows versions:

 Receiver  for Windows update  Supported Until
 3.0 released Aug 2011  Dec  2012
 3.1 released Dec 2011  Apr  2013
 3.2 released Apr 2012  Jul  2013
 3.3 released July 2012  Dec  2013

What we are working on for new year

Hopefully a number of you have tried the Excalibur Tech Preview, with its the next generation FlexCast capabilities.  Included is an early release of the next CitrixReceiver.exe version with a couple of new features that  will release with Excalibur next year.  Ultimately that update  will include  Smart Card Auth, IPV6 support, a feature called local app access, prelaunch with StoreFront and some Desktop Lock improvements. We are also working on supportability, specifically making it easier to find the source of issues when things go wrong in normal use.

The CitrixReceiverEnterprise.exe version will continue to be leveraged for thin client and Fast Connect use cases but will largely be superseded by the standard CitrixReceiver.exe and the Receiver on the Windows Store for normal deployments.

Again we appreciate your continued feedback. It really helps us improve the product.