With the release of the new Citrix Workspace app for macOS, we bring in a new user experience that aggregates all of your apps, data, and files in your workspace.
We have been working toward bringing in the latest and greatest macOS technology to Citrix Workspace app.
Support for native 64-bit workspace session
Citrix Receiver for macOS used to be 32-bit only. Moving forward, Citrix Workspace app for macOS will be native 64-bit compatible. This complies with Apple’s decision to support only 64-bit applications in future versions of macOS.
Architectural improvements in Seamless sessions
We have brought in new architectural changes to seamless sessions on Citrix Workspace for macOS that improves the performance. This includes a new windowing system using macOS native Cocoa windows for seamless sessions, leveraging the GPU on macOS using Metal framework for bit-blit and render operations. This will significantly improve the experience of seamless sessions.
Improvements in Session Rendering
Apple revealed in WWDC 2018 that OpenGL will be deprecated in macOS 10.14 Mojave. As such, we have replaced OpenGL with Metal framework for GPU accelerated rendering of desktops and app sessions on macOS 10.12 and above. But few old Mac systems and the mac running on a VM may not support Metal. To support those systems, we have retained OpenGL for desktop sessions and Core Graphics renderer for app sessions.
Metal renderer by default uses low powered GPU. This is essential for extended battery life on MacBook and MacBook Pro machines.
64-bit RTOP Plugin for Mac
Real-Time Optimization Pack (RTOP) for macOS is now 64-bit compatible. Previous 32-bit RTOP versions are not compatible with the Citrix Workspace app for macOS. Any such attempt will result in unoptimized Skype for Business sessions. You need to upgrade your RTOP plugin along with Citrix Workspace app for macOS. You can download 64–bit RTOP here. This RTOP release does not have any new feature added except for 64-bit compatibility.
Secure SaaS apps
With the new Citrix Workspace app for macOS, you can use all of your published SaaS applications. SaaS apps will open in a Citrix-provided secure browser. The browser policies can be regulated from Workspace. For example, clipboard and watermarking can be controlled with storefront policies. Along with this, the published SaaS apps integrate nicely with macOS dock.
Integration of Citrix Files with Citrix Workspace app
Citrix Workspace app for macOS integrates with Citrix Files. You can see all your files in Citrix Files within the Citrix Workspace app under the Files tab.
Single Sign-on using SAML web authentication
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a standard protocol for web browser Single Sign-On (SSO) using secure tokens. SAML completely eliminates all passwords and instead uses standard cryptography and digital signatures to pass a secure sign-in token from an identity provider to a SaaS application. Citrix Workspace app can now leverage SAML authentication for all SSO needs.
Upcoming support for macOS 10.14 Mojave
We are committed to supporting Citrix Workspace on macOS 10.14 Mojave on the day it is released and we are currently working on it. However, we do not claim support for beta releases of macOS 10.14 Mojave.