Citrix started the long-term service release (LTSR) for Citrix Receiver for Windows back in December 2015, when we announced the 4.4 release as the LTSR. Since then we have been doing cumulative updates with bug fixes every few months on the 4.4 release, with the latest one 4.4.5000.
In parallel, there were current releases happening with new features, the latest being Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.8 release. We have seen very good adoption of both the current release and the LTSR release for Citrix Receiver for Windows.
Now is the time to announce Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.9 as the new baseline for the LTSR!
This LTSR includes number of capabilities we have hardened over multiple releases, in addition to the number of bug fixes and fine tunings done over a period of time.
Updates for Citrix Receiver for Windows
New Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.9 (LTSR) includes the Citrix Receiver updates capability, which enables updating it directly from Citrix, instead of manually downloading and installing it.
You can update to the new Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.9 (LTSR) automatically if you have installed Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.8 on your device, which has the capability to check for updates.
In addition to the Citrix Receiver, you can get automatic updates to Real Time Media Engine for Skype for business (RTME) on your device, so now you can always be on the latest and greatest version of Citrix Receiver and RTME!
Citrix does canary rollout of the updates to ensure the smooth rollout, so it might take few days for your device to get the update for the new Citrix Receiver 4.9. Stay tuned!
After you move to the new 4.9 release and want to stick to LTSR only then, you can configure the policy to chose the LTSR track, so that the Citrix Receiver on your device only gets the LTSR cumulative updates and not the new current releases with new features.
In this release, you will also find that the size of the installer has reduced to the ~40 MB, which is our effort to optimize the Citrix Receiver for Windows code without losing the functionality.
Please also make sure that the customizations built on top of Citrix Receiver for Windows, like custom VC etc. are compiled using the visual studio 2008 or later, for it to be compatible with the new Citrix Receiver.