HDX and Citrix Receiver have been likened to a couple of crown jewels for Citrix. They represent the core technologies that let IT deliver apps and desktops with a superior user experience.

When we think about the use cases that drive use of Receiver (and particularly the mobile Receivers), some that immediately come to mind include:

  1. Enable mobile workers to access apps wherever they are
  2. Deliver Windows applications that might otherwise be difficult to write for native mobile devices (there are millions of Windows apps out there)
  3. Keep sensitive application data centrally managed and secured, especially in context of workforce mobility

These use cases have resonated well with customers for years. Citrix Receivers are downloaded by hundreds of thousands of users every month.

What if we could help even more users gain access to their critical Windows applications? As we think about how to extend the value propositions described above, we notice a recurring theme beyond app delivery: mobility. Today I wanted to get your thoughts on a proposal to offer an HDX SDK to more natively extend Windows app delivery to iOS and Android devices and HTML5-capable browsers.

What is HDX SDK?

It is a software development kit (SDK) that enables customers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and other partners to launch a XenApp or XenDesktop session from within their own native mobile app, without having Citrix Receiver installed on their iOS or Android device. It adds the “HDX engine” to your enterprise mobile apps, giving them the ability to launch ICA files and support the full HDX user experience.

What is the value of HDX SDK?

There are a number of possible value propositions associated with HDX SDK.

  1. The ability to ‘mobilize’ traditional desktop apps, especially if there are challenges rewriting them for mobile operating systems
  2. The flexibility to build an iOS app that your consumers download from the app store, which may represent a more familiar experience for end users. Imagine WWCo corporation creates an iOS app branded as ‘WWCoApp’ that is well-known to its employees and partners. Users can launch XenApp or XenDesktop sessions without ever leaving the WWCoApp user interface. Any native app can be powered by HDX.
  3. The ability to control the distribution, updates and customization of the iOS app. Often the Citrix Receiver for iOS or Android app is available on the app stores for users to download, before IT admins are prepared to support it. Bundling HDX SDK in your own native iOS app puts you firmly in control of when and how users access the latest version.
  4. The flexibility to create a hybrid app that is part native and part XenApp.
  5. Eliminates the need for users to download a separate Citrix Receiver for iOS or Android.
  6. You can access detailed analytics of how your application is being used, using tools like Crashlytics.

Who should use HDX SDK?

  1. Customers that want to customize the brand experience for Receiver on iOS or Android
  2. ISVs that want to brand their own mobile app while delivering a XenApp or XenDesktop session

We’d love to hear your feedback

Let’s get a conversation going …

  1. What do you think? Does this provide value to you?
  2. What would you do with an HDX SDK? How would you use it?
  3. Would this help you extend your traditional Windows apps to mobile devices?

How do I get started?

If you’d like to request access for more information regarding the HDX SDK, please fill out this brief form and we will review your request.

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