Customers with active Software Maintenance (SWM) or Subscription Advantage (SA)–effective February 17, 2016–can download XenApp 7.8 and XenDesktop 7.8 on

The XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 release greatly simplifies application management, delivering a 90% time savings over traditional methods. It enhances the user experience, while introducing scalability improvements, enabling a 40% memory reduction and a 20% increase in CPU efficiency for select behavior. Plus new features strengthen security and compliance.

Join us on March 8, 2016 for the What’s New in XenApp and XenDesktop webinar to learn more.

Simplify app management and delivery through new AppDisk technology

The 7.8 release includes exciting, new AppDisk app layering technology that lets you package and manage applications independent of your master desktop or server image. AppDisk alleviates the management complexity of multiple, departmental-based images by instantly layering applications onto your golden image based on different employee needs, making it easier than ever to deliver, install or update an application without changing or impacting the pristine, master image.

Save 90 percent of testing time by integrating AppDNA compatibility testing with AppDisk

Extending the app layering benefits of AppDisk, AppDNA for AppDisk instantly assesses the compatibility of the AppDisk applications with the associated master image, provides step-by-step remediation guidance to make any app compatible, while also reordering multiple assigned AppDisk layers for peak performance. Now you will be able to validate and remediate any OS or inter-app compatibility issues before delivering AppDisk applications to your user community.

Seamlessly manage your Microsoft App-V packages from Citrix Studio

The integration between Citrix and Microsoft products keeps getting better. Now you can use Citrix Studio to manage the distribution of your App-V application packages to virtual desktops or XenApp servers without requiring separate App-V server and database infrastructure, simplifying the administrative processes and eliminating additional infrastructure costs, but providing the same great app streaming benefits.

Enhanced app publishing experience within Citrix Studio

Large enterprises manage thousands of applications across hundreds of XenApp and XenDesktop servers. Citrix has enhanced the Studio administration console to provide an even more intuitive user interface for publishing applications. The new Studio interface enables you to quickly publish apps to multiple delivery groups. Also, improved tag management enables easier tracking across machines, apps and delivery groups.

Higher server scalability for innovative Framehawk remote display technology

Framehawk remote display technology, part of our market-leading HDX protocol, provides a brilliant user experience under very challenging network conditions and provides real-time interactivity on networks where packet loss impairs performance. This release brings scalability enhancements that enable over 40% reduction in memory footprint, up to 20% increase in CPU efficiency, and over 50% improvement in bandwidth efficiency when scrolling via touch input. These enhancements, plus a significantly increased frame rate, create an unparalleled remote user experience.

Innovative 3D graphics performance for virtual desktops

Optimizing the graphics performance for virtual desktops is critical to adoption—by all of your users, not just the designers and developers you’re supporting. This release brings even more enhancements, including the combination of our innovative Framehawk display technology with our high performance HDX 3D Pro graphics acceleration for Windows 7 and 8 virtual desktops.

Enhanced monitoring with session recording for VDI &  Remote PC

Intelligent session recording is now available for XenDesktop VDI and Remote PC Access instances as well as XenApp published apps and desktops.  With session recording, you can monitor user activity either in virtual applications or within a virtual desktop for instant on-demand playback.  Recording an active session helps accelerate issue resolution, simplifies training and promotes compliance by providing a time-stamped visual record of individual sessions and user activity.

Simplifying the virtualization of healthcare apps

Virtualizing mission-critical healthcare applications is imperative for ensuring security, protecting data privacy and meeting compliance mandates.  However, certain healthcare applications have special licensing requirements that can make virtualization challenging.  XenApp and XenDesktop architecture now enables the virtualized instance of the healthcare app to access the client’s endpoint device name, which can be critical for application licensing.

Automate new deployments and streamline site configuration

Streamline new XenApp and XenDesktop deployments and continuously monitor the health of your environment with Citrix Lifecycle Management.  As part of the 7.8 launch, all existing XenApp and XenDesktop customers with active Software Maintenance (SWM) or Subscription Advantage (SA) will have access to the Deploy edition of Citrix Lifecycle Management to simplify and automate the deployment of XenApp and XenDesktop.

In addition, Citrix is releasing a new Secure Browser Deployment Kit which is available as an automated Citrix Lifecycle Management XenApp Secure Browser Blueprint or a manual deployment guide to help you rapidly deploy XenApp for one of today’s most common use case, securely delivering web and SaaS applications.

With today’s variation in browser types and versions, supporting web and SaaS apps can be challenging, and the new Secure Browser Deployment Kit available with 7.8 will help solve your local browser update challenges and securely deliver web and SaaS apps.

Now you can try XenApp and XenDesktop with Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 

The 7.8 Server Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) has also been updated for Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 4.  Now you can try publishing applications and desktops from the next generation Microsoft server platform as well as installing key XenApp and XenDesktop management components, such as the Delivery Controller.  Visit the discussion forum more details.

Download 7.8 today!

The release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 is an exciting way to kick off 2016. This is just the beginning of another great year of Citrix innovation for our industry-leading application and desktop solution.

Download the 7.8 release today, using your Citrix MyAccount credentials.

Join us on March 8 for the What’s New in XenApp and XenDesktop webinar to learn more about both XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 and 7.8 releases.

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