Last quarter, our Citrix Receiver for Chrome 1.6 release focused on graphics robustness, performance, and USB device support. It helped unblock more use cases with Chrome devices for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

With the Receiver for Chrome 1.7 now available, we’ve added lot more capabilities to take the Citrix experience with Chrome device to the next level.

Pure Socket Connection: Previous versions of Receiver for Chrome were built for connection over WebSocket, which had limitation, such as without NetScaler the connection worked only with XenApp 6.5 and XenApp & XenDesktop 7.6. The new 1.7 release changes this design with the introduction of pure socket connection making the connection requirement of Receiver for Chrome same as that of other native Citrix Receivers like Windows, Linux, Mac connecting over standard ports to all supported versions of XenApp and XenDesktop. We expect that this change in design should enhance the performance further for connection through NetScaler Gateway.

Session Reliability: True mobility today faces the challenges of switching between various access points, network disruptions, and display timeouts etc. These situations can disconnect the Citrix connection and requiring a manual reconnect. Session reliability allows business continuity with robust Citrix connection in case of these short network disruptions where your connection stays intact for admin specified timeout and resumed when network is back.

File Transfer: This is a new virtual channel added with a hotfix release in XenApp & XenDesktop 7.6 FP2 enabled with Receiver for Chrome and HTML5. The new feature allows you to upload and download files between Chrome devices and the Citrix session. The file upload-download can be triggered by using the in session toolbar. Also in order to simplify the user experience we have added the ability to ‘drag and drop a file to upload’ and ‘Save to My Device to trigger automatic download’ to browser’s download folder on the Chrome device. File upload and download can be enabled or disabled using policy giving the required control to the admin.

Access to Google Drive: Customers who use Google Drive for storing their data requires access to their data in Google Drive from their business critical applications running on Citrix XenApp. This release supports the workflow where a file from your Google drive (example: MS Word file) on your Chrome device can be opened in Receiver which in turn opens the XenApp application based on file type association of the file (Ex. MS Word) where you can edit and save back to Google Drive.

Single app KIOSK mode: Chrome OS has the ability to give direct access to specified application in Full Screen without requiring users to login with Google credentials when Receiver for Chrome is enabled to run in KIOSK mode. This feature simplies the access scenario further, making Chrome devices work like classic thin clients. In some use cases if you just need one remote desktop, use the persistent URL for it while packaging the Receiver and make it available in KIOSK mode. This reduces the steps required to launch your Desktop with Receiver.

New Receiver: Citrix commissioned a new release of Receiver to develop a modern, centrally-managed, and customizable rich user app selection and experience across all devices when connected to StoreFront 3.0.

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

Update to the new Receiver for Chrome 1.7 and let us know your feedback.