What’s new in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

The latest updates to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops extend our leadership in the virtualization market scape by reducing bandwidth consumption, improving the user experience, and extending administrative flexibility and choice. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1906 delivers numerous industry-first user experience innovations. This new release delivers optimization for Microsoft Teams, offering a native-like Teams experience in your virtual environment. We’ve also introduced autoscale capabilities for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service customers to intelligently control cloud costs. You can now leverage Citrix Analytics for Security and Citrix Access Control within StoreFront, making it easier to start your digital workspace journey. 

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Citrix optimization for Microsoft Teams

Citrix was the first in the industry to deliver a solution for optimizing web-based Microsoft Teams in a virtual environment. Now we are offering a fully native, fully-featured Microsoft Teams experience within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1906. To ensure the best possible user experience of a virtualized instance of Teams, Citrix optimizes the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of a fully native Microsoft Teams client within a virtualized environment. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops maximizes server scalability by redirecting multi-media capabilities to the client for a high-performance user experience. 

Numerous HDX innovations and ICA improvements

Release after release, we expand our capabilities based on feedback from our customers. In this release, we are introducing Lossy over EDT to further enhance user experience of virtual sessions, especially over challenging and unreliable networks. We are also integrating EDT with Citrix Gateway service to give admins the choice of leveraging on-prem Citrix Gateways or Gateway service.

For the road warrior, we are introducing new time zone redirection, which means individuals who are not in their native time zone remain in their visiting time zone even if their session disconnects. We now support Windows Local Security Authority (LSA) protection, which maintains information about all aspects of local security on a system. This support provides the LSA level of system protection to hosted desktops. These improvements are just a stepping-stone for the next generation of HDX technologies.

Windows Server 2019 support

We strive to support the latest and greatest solutions from Microsoft as soon as they are released. With the October release of Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Citrix continues its commitment to deliver “Day One” support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 and future Microsoft Windows Server releases. Our 1808 and newer releases fully support Windows Server 2019, empowering customers to move as aggressively or as conservatively as their business dictates. Customers can embrace this next generation of Windows Server with a smooth transition that meets any timeline.

The next long term service release targeted for 2019 Q4

At Citrix Synergy 2019, Citrix announced that the next Long Term Service Release (LTSR) of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 is targeted for 2019 Q4. Many administrators value the predictability of the LTSR and can now start the planning process of upgrading to the next LTSR by implementing the new 1906 release in their environment. To compare the feature enhancements available to-date between the last LTSR and the latest release, leverage the feature matrices below:

Compare XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR to 7.15 LTSR

Compare XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR to the recent current releases    

New Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops versioning

In late 2018, Citrix moved to a new versioning scheme to make it easier for customers to determine when the version was released. The “7” ensures platform versioning consistency, indicating that this is the same industry-leading platform for app and desktop virtualization as the previous XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x releases. The “1811” represents the actual version. This new numbering strategy is very similar in nature to Microsoft’s versioning strategy - the last four numbers make it easy to quickly determine when the version was released as it is represented by year and month (YYMM format).