I’m very excited to announce that XenDesktop tech preview is now available for download! Many of you have been asking us about XenDesktop 7 support for the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 OS’es. It is because of that, we are making available this technology preview for customers to evaluate the update for XenDesktop.

What can I evaluate with this XenDesktop technology preview? 

The short answer is… this XenDesktop technology preview enables customers to evaluate XenDesktop 7 features and capabilities on Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012R2. Specifically,, you will be able to evaluate the following features:

  • Delivering virtual desktops and applications from Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012R2.
  • Hyper-V 3 with local storage support when using Machine Creation Services (MCS)
  • Flash redirection with Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2012

Download: 

To download the XenDesktop 7.1 tech preview, simply go to: http://www.citrix.com/techpreview/xendesktop

You will be prompted to login with your mycitrix account. As part of the download process, you’ll receive an XenDesktop evaluation license, along with documentation for use with the tech preview. As with any technology preview, you will want to run this in your non-production environment, and note there is no upgrade or migrate to and from this tech preview.  You will need to be current on Subscription Advantage to download this technology preview.

Also on the download page will be an URL to the tech preview support page, where you can provide comments/feedback to Citrix.

System Requirements:

This technology preview does require the use of RTM builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

When will this technology preview become a supported product release? 

While I am unable to give you a specific release timeline, keep an eye on this space for an update in the next few weeks.

So… download the tech preview now and stay tuned for more info! Enjoy!

Cris