Last quarter, we released Citrix Receiver for Chrome 1.7 with key features like pure socket connection, session reliability, File transfer and access to Google drive.

This was a significant milestone to enable more and more use cases with Chrome devices and Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop. Now, we have released the new version: Receiver for Chrome 1.8, which adds more capabilities for Windows app delivery on Chrome OS.

Audio-Video conferencing: In this release, we have built HDX RealTime technology for audio input and webcam video compression. This is a generic technology, which works with Microsoft Lync, GoToMeeting and other audio-video conferencing applications, where audio-webcam device is attached to the Chrome device and the application is running in a virtual environment.

Below, you can see our team using audio-video conferencing running inside a XenDesktop session from their Chromebooks:


16-bit color depth: Receiver for Chrome now supports connection in 16-bit color depth to XenApp 6.5 and also to new ‘Thinwire Plus’ mode in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 FP3. This mode is typically used for access from remote branches where the available bandwidth is low.

Print experience like native: In previous release of Receiver for Chrome, when you print inside a session using ‘Citrix PDF Printer’, the job is converted to PDF and opened on the client device to print locally. This required more no of clicks to print. In the new release, the end users can select their default printer in the Receiver through ‘Google Cloud Print’. After this, when you print in Citrix session through ‘Citrix PDF Printer’ the print job in PDF format is sent directly to the default printer set on the client side. This saves the no of clicks required to do local printing and gives native like printing experience on Chrome devices.


We added the support for file transfer with Receiver for Chrome and HTML5 1.7 release. This requires a VDA side component for File Transfer virtual channel that is downloadable from Receiver download page. In XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 FP3, the File transfer component is integrated in the VDA so you don’t need to install a separate component to enable it.

In addition, this release has number of improvements for time zone, access to Google drive along with other capabilities.

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

Update to the new Receiver for Chrome 1.8 and let us know what you think!