XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 Features

Please refer to the tables below to learn which features are available with your XenDesktop or XenApp edition licenses. For additional information about XenApp vs. XenDesktop editions or features by product version, please see the XenDesktop and XenApp Licensing FAQ.

Meet the demands of any use case

  XenApp Secure Browser XenApp Advanced XenApp Enterprise XenApp Platinum XenDesktop VDI XenDesktop Enterprise XenDesktop Platinum
XenApp published apps (Server-based hosted apps) can be deployed on 5 generations of Windows operating systems, enabling secure access to Windows apps on any type of device including iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices for on-demand access from anywhere, lets users focus on work.    
XenApp published web and SaaS apps enables IT to select the best web browser for each web or SaaS app and securely deliver that app within that ideal browser to all users on any device, running any web browser.  
XenApp published desktops are low-cost, locked-down virtual desktops that provide the flexibility and mobility benefits of desktop virtualization while maximizing IT control through enhanced security and simplified management.    
VDI desktops offer maximum user personalization of a persistent Windows virtual desktop that can be fully customized to meet the needs of your most-demanding users.        
VDI with Personal vDisk pairs the maximum user personalization benefits of VDI with the storage optimizations and administrative efficiencies of single image management to deliver a desktop virtualization solution that meets the needs of both users and IT admins.        
Server VDI enables enterprises and service providers the ability to deliver to an individual user a single session, server-based virtual desktop from the cloud.          
Hosted physical desktops enable high performance remote access to physical desktops securely protected in the datacenter for optimal data protection, especially beneficial for graphically intensive applications that run best on a native OS that has direct access to the physical desktop hardware.          
Remote PC Access (with Wake On LAN) instantly delivers desktop virtualization benefits without the need to migrate desktops to the datacenter by providing users with a secure, high-definition, direct connections to their office PCs.          
Linux Hosted Shared Virtual Desktops
XenApp and XenDesktop architecture supports Hosted Shared RHEL and SUSE Linux Virtual Desktops.
Linux Dedicated VDI Desktops
XenDesktop architecture supports RHEL and SUSE Linux Dedicated VDI Desktops.

DesktopPlayer (Add-on*) extends the benefits of XenDesktop to Windows laptop and MacBook users, enabling them to run virtual desktops on a laptop whether they are online or offline. Employees gain freedom while IT gains control by centrally managing Windows virtual desktops deployed to corporate and BYO laptops.

*Add-on purchase required

VM hosted apps ease Windows OS transitions and overcome application compatibility challenges by delivering virtual apps from a desktop operating system.      

Increase employee productivity with high performance anywhere access

  XenApp Secure Browser XenApp Advanced XenApp Enterprise XenApp Platinum XenDesktop VDI XenDesktop Enterprise XenDesktop Platinum
HDX™ user experience optimization delivers a superior high-definition user experience on any device, over any network. With Citrix HDX, the virtual experience rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time voice and video collaboration, USB peripherals (like smart cards and drawing/signature tablets) and 3D graphics. Virtual Windows apps become mobile device aware and optimized to support touch gestures and other native mobile device features. Integrated WAN optimization capabilities boost network efficiency and performance even over challenging, high-latency networks.
Citrix X1 Mouse delivers the complete Windows experience to Apple iPad and iPhone devices by enabling physical mouse precision needed for Windows apps and desktops accessed via Citrix Receiver, delivering the best user experience on every device.
HDX™ Mobile optimizes Windows apps for mobile devices including multi-touch- and gesture-enabled smartphones and tablets while enhancing performance over mobile networks by intelligently coping with the variability and packet loss of mobile networks and supporting the decompression of graphics and multimedia with hardware acceleration on tablets and smartphones. HDX Mobile SDK enables developers to make any custom Windows app mobile-device aware by enabling device features, camera/video, microphone and GPS features to integrate with the virtual app.      
HDX Seamless local apps blend a locally installed application on the Windows endpoint into a virtual desktop, providing a seamless user experience.
HDX 3D Pro™ brings app and desktop virtualization to remote office employees, 3rd party contractors, and even mobile tablet that depend on graphically intense 3D applications.  Bringing enhanced security to intellectual property while promoting better collaboration and real-time editing in the field. Best of all, the enormous data files required to generate complex designs all remain safe in the datacenter keeping all users in sync without complex and costly data synchronization.
HDX Virtual Display Technologies
Framehawk and Thinwire provide unique acceleration technologies that overcome challenging corporate wireless network conditions to deliver a better-than-native user experience for virtual apps and desktops.
HDX User Experience Templates
HDX policy templates make it easy for admins to fine-tune the user experience based on specific use case requirements such as security and control, graphics performance, and environment scalability.  
XenServer vGPU sharing provides the best possible graphics experience when virtualizing 3D applications.  Only XenServer allows NVIDIA drivers to be loaded directly into the hypervisor to ensure proper management of graphical application performance in a virtual app and desktop scenario.
Unified Communications optimization seamlessly integrates solutions from Cisco, Avaya, and Vidyo to deliver real time communication applications with “local PC” quality without having to increase bandwidth investments with built-in optimized point to point transfer of voice and video traffic.  
Optimized Skype for Business. As a result of close collaboration between Citrix and Microsoft, the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack optimizes the delivery of voice, video and collaboration features of Skype for Business 2015, Microsoft Lync 2010 and 2013, and Office 365 when hosted on XenApp or XenDesktop. This ensures employees have the full native Skype experience within virtualized apps and desktops from any device.
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Pre-launch technology creates a local-like app launch experience by expediting the session creation process.  With pre-launch, a session waits for the user in an active or disconnected state, enabling quick, instant-on app access to an already active app session making for a fast and local-like app launch experience.  Pre-launch configurations have been improved on the FMA platform, making it simple to configure from the Citrix Studio management console.  
Session linger keeps the user session open after the user closes the app, to provide a quick app reconnect or enable the user to open a new app without repeating the logon process. Admin-configurable time-based policy automatically releases a license consumed by a pre-launched and lingering session to improve license management.  
Anonymous Logon (unauthenticated user) enables instant, unauthenticated access to a single app while access to other, more personalized apps such as email remains authenticated.  
WAN optimized XenApp and XenDesktop delivers a superior user experience even over low-bandwidth, high latency connections. Citrix HDX technology can intelligently detect bandwidth capacity and dynamically transform communication on the fly.   
CloudBridge VPX-10 for WAN optimization significantly improves XenDesktop and XenApp capacity and performance over the WAN while providing a unified platform that accelerates applications across public and private networks, resulting in superior application performance and end user experience.            
CloudBridge plug-in software-based, network accelerator client that runs on Windows laptops and workstations anywhere offering accelerated app performance from anywhere, not just offices with CloudBridge appliances.          

Simplify support and enable choice of BYO device

  XenApp Secure Browser XenApp Advanced XenApp Enterprise XenApp Platinum XenDesktop VDI XenDesktop Enterprise XenDesktop Platinum
Any device access empowers employees to choose the devices that are right for them and their work style with a universal client that works natively on the broadest range of desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to ensure device investment protection without added work for IT.
Enterprise app store powered by StoreFront empowers users with self-service selection of their authorized apps and desktops, delivering a consistent experience across different devices and networks, and quickly reconnecting users for speed and convenience. StoreFront enables customized branding of the enterprise app store and extends the modernization of Citrix Receiver to HTML5 and Chrome.
Self-service password reset within StoreFront empowers employees to set new passwords, unlock their account, and reset their password via security questions without ever calling the helpdesk thereby reducing the number of helpdesk calls by up to 40%          
Clientless HTML5 Receiver offers a clientless access solution, making it easy to access virtual apps and desktops from any device include devices that are unable to install a physical client.
Universal printing services mitigates the administrative burden associated with the management of hundreds or thousands of network and local printer drivers through centralized, universal printing services and further optimizes printing performance across local, mobile, and remote connections.
Support for 16-, 32-, 64-bit apps on Windows Server 2008R2 and 2012R2 and Windows 7, 8 and 10 delivers a seamless user experience using any of five generations of Windows letting users focus on work, not juggling multiple desktops by supporting 16- & 32-bit apps on a desktop OS and 64-bit apps on a server OS.    

Protect sensitive information through centralization

  XenApp Secure Browser XenApp Advanced XenApp Enterprise XenApp Platinum XenDesktop VDI XenDesktop Enterprise XenDesktop Platinum
FIPS compliant, helping IT administrators simplify security compliance and data protection by adhering to strict security compliance.  
Common Criteria certified, used by 25 countries worldwide, with many more countries following the standards unofficially, XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Platinum edition is the only app and desktop virtualization solution to have achieved such worldwide security recognition.          
Centrally secured apps are protected in the datacenter and securely delivered on-demand to any user anywhere making it easy to keep sensitive information safe based on an inherently secure architecture.  
Centrally secured desktops are protected in the datacenter and securely delivered on-demand to any user anywhere making it easy to keep sensitive information safe based on an inherently secure architecture.  
High security with XenApp and XenDesktop enables secure access from anywhere without exposing the corporate network.  All mission-critical data remains protected in the datacenter unless it can be audited, controlled and enforced by policy.  Only screen updates, mouse clicks and keystrokes—not data—traverse the remote connection keeping application data safe from hackers and protecting the corporate network from unmanaged devices.
2-factor authentication support enhances secure access from anywhere through integrated solutions including RSA SecureID, Smart Card, RADIUS server, and Aladdin SafeWord for Citrix.

Accelerated Logon for Smart Card Users 
Time is of the essence when healthcare workers need fast access to patient information. XenDesktop expedites the user logon process for healthcare workers who depend on Smart Card identification for access to the virtual applications and desktops that provide patient healthcare information.

ICAProxy provides secure access to virtual Windows apps and desktops published on XenApp and XenDesktop while keeping apps, desktops and data safely protected within the datacenter without requiring a VPN.
Support for risk-based authentication (Receiver), a powerful risk engine that transparently increases security by delivering user-friendly multi-factor authentication. Risk-Based Authentication ensures that users are who they say they are while preserving the familiar username/password login experience. IT can customize how authentication works with XenApp and XenDesktop, substantially enhancing the security of applications and desktops while providing a seamless end-user experience.

SmartAccess™ fine-grained context-based policy engine employs smart access policy management to balance the needs of varying use case scenarios by granting or denying individual tasks, such as printing, copy/paste or mapping drives, at a granular scenario-specific level. Provided with NetScaler Gateway Universal License included in Platinum.

NetScaler Gateway appliance, priced separately.


SSL VPN provides secure remote access control from any device to all the corporate resources located on the internal network. Provided with NetScaler Gateway Universal License included in Platinum.

NetScaler Gateway appliance, priced separately.

Intelligent session recording
Intelligent SmartAuditor session recording enhances monitoring, accelerates issue resolution, and simplifies compliance by providing a time-stamped visual record of individual application and VDI sessions and user activity.

ShareFile integration with virtual apps and desktops for optimized on-demand, on or off-premises data sharing and sync service meeting the mobility and collaboration needs of users and the data security requirements of the enterprise.

ShareFile priced separately.

Hosted MobileMail incorporates email, calendaring and contact features into a mobile-friendly Windows application that can be delivered securely to any mobile device with Citrix Receiver from an enterprise datacenter via Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop.

Downloaded separately.  


Reduce cost and complexity of app and desktop management

  XenApp Secure  Browser XenApp Advanced XenApp Enterprise XenApp Platinum XenDesktop VDI XenDesktop Enterprise XenDesktop Platinum
Simple to deploy world-class app and desktop virtualization solutions, XenApp and XenDesktop provides a unified management console, Studio, to dramatically simplify and automate large scale deployments, including multi-tenant, multi-zone and hybrid-cloud implementations.

Simplify operations with powerful monitoring and advanced analytics in Citrix Director. Director reports, trend analysis, and alerts can be customized and configured within the Citrix Director console. Citrix Director also delivers a unique and powerful role-based access that enables IT helpdesk and escalation teams to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues making it easier for IT to meet stringent SLAs.

*All editions include 7 days of historical reporting.

Enhanced Director Monitoring. Administrators now have more flexibility when it comes to monitoring their XenApp and XenDesktop deployments. SCOM alerts within the Director console, Desktop and server OS usage reporting, proactive notification and alerting, app limits, reboot warnings and override control over roaming sessions ensure that the administrator is notified of error conditions or excessive resource usage before they impact overall performance and availability.          
End-to-end environment visibility. The Citrix SCOM Management Bundle for XenApp and XenDesktop includes SCOM management packs to monitor key infrastructure components for health, availability and usage.          
Custom delegated administration (Studio) gives large IT departments the ability to define the scope and role of administrative functions for compliance and control.      
Configuration logging (Studio) enables IT to monitor and track granular configuration changes to their app & desktop delivery infrastructure.      
Advanced performance analytics is integrated into Director to provide a more comprehensive view of capacity trends and environment health through advanced monitoring and reporting up to a year’s worth of performance data.           
User experience network analysis provides user experience data supplied by NetScaler HDX Insight integrated into the Director console to correlate user performance and identify when network issues are disrupting performance. NetScaler purchased separately.          
Improved connection resiliency available through database connection leasing, which caches the results of successful users’ connections for any number of days set by an admin.  XenApp and XenDesktop can then reference this repository of secure connection information in the event of a database failure to ensure users can still connect to their published apps and desktops.
Application compatibility and migration with AppDNA enables enterprises to confidently discover, automate, model and manage applications for faster application deployment, easier application virtualization, predictive application migration and streamlined application management. AppDNA accelerates app migration to the latest Windows releases, reducing the cost and complexity of app upgrades, migrations and updates by as much as 90 percent.          
Application layering with AppDisk simplifies app management by enabling admins to install and update apps without altering a centralized, master operating system image, saving administrative time, testing time and reducing the shared storage costs.  
Integrated AppDNA for AppDisk extends the layering benefits of AppDisk by providing instant application compatibility reporting and layer reordering for assigned AppDisks. Now an admin will be able to validate and remediate any OS or inter-app compatibility issues before testing and distributing the AppDisk applications to their employees.          
Hybrid cloud provisioning assures XenApp and XenDesktop may be deployed on popular Cloud management platforms including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or CloudPlatform. From the Studio console, admins can assign workloads to traditional virtual infrastructure including Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and VMware vSphere in the datacenter or provision apps and desktops from public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or CloudPlatform making it easy for IT to meet their most demanding SLAs.      
Microsoft Azure integration for XenApp and XenDesktop hybrid cloud provisioning enables IT to dynamically provisioning (MCS) app and desktop workloads from the Microsoft Azure.    
Amazon Web Services integration for XenApp and XenDesktop hybrid cloud provisioning enables IT to dynamically provisioning app and desktop workloads from the Amazon Web Services.    
CloudPlatform integration for XenApp and XenDesktop hybrid cloud provisioning enables IT to dynamically provisioning app and desktop workloads from public, private and hybrid clouds leveraging CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack.    
Automated app and desktop thin provisioning simplifies management of small and large deployments by centralizing image management while reducing the cost and complexity of shared storage.  
Central image management of XenApp servers (Provisioning Services) simplifies management of small and large deployments of physical or virtual XenApp servers to support any type of use case while reducing the cost, complexity and amount of required shared storage. Provisioning services deliver unprecedented storage performance—as much as a 20X improvement in read/write speeds—overall simplifying the ability to patch and update physical and virtual servers with fast rollout and fast rollback functionality.      Available for VMHosted applications instances running on a desktop operating system only.  

Central image management of virtual desktops (Provisioning Services) simplifies management of small and large deployments of virtual and physical desktops to support any type of use case while reducing the cost, complexity and amount of required shared storage. Provisioning services deliver unprecedented storage performance—as much as a 20X improvement in read/write speeds—overall simplifying the ability to patch and update virtual desktops with fast rollout and fast rollback functionality.

*Physical desktop support not available with the XenDesktop VDI Edition

Automated virtual machine provisioning (Machine Creation Services) assists with the management of small and large deployments of virtual machines, virtual desktops or virtual XenApp servers, to support any type of use case.
Powerful migration scripts simplify the move from XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.x by enabling select app settings, policies and folder structure into the new architecture.    
Microsoft App-V integration enables admins to distribute App-V applications to virtual desktops or XenApp servers via Studio without requiring separate App-V server and database infrastructure, simplifying administrative processes and eliminating additional infrastructure costs.    
Integrated profile management (User Profile Manager) intelligently manages user profile settings between active XenApp and XenDesktop sessions to ensure user settings are consistent.  It intelligently streams profile settings and data on-demand to ensure no matter the profile size, the profile performance is optimized and the user login and logoff processes expedited.
Enterprise scalability of XenApp and XenDesktop simplifies the rapid provisioning, patching, and updated of 1,000 of apps and desktops to 100,000 of users anywhere at any time, making it easier for IT to meet the demands of a growing workforce within a limited budget.
Open architecture permits virtual apps and desktops to be deployed on any hypervisor include Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware vSphere, cloud management platform, or storage infrastructure to give IT the freedom and flexibility needed to control costs, without impacting the user experience or performance.   
Microsoft Hyper-V integration offers easy integration with your existing Hyper-V virtualization solution and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.

XenServer Hypervisor (included) is included for free with XenApp and XenDesktop media kit creating a highly scalable, manageable and agile virtualization infrastructure.

Additional XenServer entitlement information for XenApp and XenDesktop is available here.

VMware vSphere integration offers easy integration with your existing vSphere virtualization solution and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Microsoft System Center integration makes it easy to manage pooled desktop and server images from System Center while leveraging policy enforcement and report processes and tools provided in SCCM.    
Citrix Connector for System Center Configuration Manager provides administrators with an end-to-end solution for managing Citrix Delivery Sites and published applications from within the Configuration Manager console.          
NetScaler load-balancing (optional) actively monitors services and web traffic to intelligently load balance users across XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure to assure optimal uptime and consistency user access even during planned, unplanned, or scheduled maintenance window.
Automated deployments with Citrix Lifecycle Management (Deploy edition) automates the deployment of XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure and workloads with Citrix verified blueprints that simplify design and accelerate the rollout
Citrix Lifecycle Management XenApp Secure Browser Blueprint automates the deployment and configuration of XenApp to publish web or SaaS apps for access from any device, running any web browser.