Last Christmas, we released Citrix Receiver for Chrome 1.5 focusing on interoperability, supporting capabilities like Web Interface, open ICA file, HDX insight, and CloudBridge support. It helped our customers adopt Chrome devices for Citrix Workspace Suite and also in legacy environments. Our latest Receiver for Chrome 1.6 release adds the following new capabilities to enable even more use cases:

Hardware decode – The low-cost Chromebook can now give high-class performance with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x with the support for graphics hardware decode in this release. You get fluid interactive experience with 2D and 3D graphics applications and smooth video playback on Chrome devices. The hardware decoding has full coverage of devices, as it works on Chrome devices with Intel, NVIDIA and Samsung chipset. Devices with low-power CPUs can show nearly 2X performance improvement with its powerful hardware decoder.

Visually lossless – With HDX 3D Pro you can access your 3D applications in visually lossless mode from a Chrome device. Update to Chrome build 42 in order to use this capability.

Audio improvements – The improvement in audio processing complements the video performance with hardware decode, giving delightful audio-video experience.  You will also notice lower memory footprint for Receiver for Chrome.

Bandwidth efficiency – You get significant improvement for bandwidth efficiency when connected to XenApp 6.5 or using the legacy mode of graphics in XenApp, XenDesktop 7.6.

Chrome public session – Receiver for Chrome is released to Google Chrome Web Store and it is one of the few apps to be available in Chrome public session, where multiple users can share the same Chrome device without the need to sign in to it. This enables use cases such as kiosks, loaner devices and shared computers with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

Basic USB device support – This release enables users to connect USB devices like printers and scanners to the Chrome device and use them inside the Citrix session. The devices that are claimed by the Chrome OS are not available to the Chrome packaged app, for example: USB flash drives, webcam and headset are not redirected to the Citrix session. Stay tuned as this feature evolves to enable more use cases on Chrome devices.

The in session toolbar is now enabled by default for Receiver for Chrome allowing users to select USB devices and send Ctrl+Alt-Del to the session.

Receiver for Chrome is also available on Citrix download page for admins to customize and deploy using Google Chrome management console.

Citrix’s recommended mode of access using Receiver for Chrome is through NetScaler over SSL for all supported versions of XenApp and XenDesktop or direct SSL connection to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6. If you are not using this mode, please make sure that you enable the policy for WebSocket connection and open the required port mentioned in the documentation for direct connection to XenApp 6.5 or XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6.

Try Receiver for Chrome 1.6 and let us know your feedback.