What’s New in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

The latest updates to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops extend our leadership in App and Desktop Virtualization by reducing bandwidth consumption, improving the user experience, and extending administrative flexibility and choice. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1808 delivers numerous industry-first user experience innovations. You can now optimize web-based Microsoft Teams in a virtualized environment leveraging Browser Content Redirection and the browser embedded within Citrix Workspace App on the endpoint. You can now leverage NVENC hardware encoding and H.265 video codec now supported with Server-based published applications and desktops, delivering better image quality, reduced latency, and better overall graphics performance.

Citrix has been consistently testing Windows Server 2019 throughout our development cycle and our 1808 release is designed to position Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with support for Windows Server 2019 on “Day One”.

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New Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Versioning

Starting with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1808 release, we are using a new versioning scheme to make it easier for customers 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 “1808” represents the actual version. This new numbering strategy is very similar in nature to Microsoft’s versioning strategy -- the last four numbers make it easier for you to quickly determine when the version was released as it is represented by year and month (YYMM format).

Unifying Editions across the Citrix product portfolio

We are also unifying product editions across our portfolio – designating them Standard, Advanced, and Premium.

  • XenApp Advanced edition now will map to Citrix Virtual Apps Standard edition
  • XenApp Enterprise edition maps to Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced edition
  • XenApp Platinum edition maps to Citrix Virtual Apps Premium edition
  • XenDesktop VDI edition maps to Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard edition
  • XenDesktop Enterprise edition maps to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced edition
  • XenDesktop Platinum edition maps Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium edition

Day One support for Windows Server 2019

We strive to support the latest and greatest solutions from Microsoft as soon as they are released. With the pending 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. Citrix has been consistently testing Windows Server 2019 throughout the development cycle. Our 1808 release is designed so that Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops will provide support for Windows Server 2019 on “Day One.” With Windows Server 2019 support on “Day One,” customers are empowered 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.

Optimizing web-based Microsoft Teams

Citrix is the first in the industry to deliver a solution for optimizing web-based Microsoft Teams in a virtual environment. We want to ensure the best possible user experience of a virtualized instance of web-based Teams. To do so, Citrix leverages Browser Content Redirection (BCR) on the VDA and a new browser embedded within Citrix Workspace app on the endpoint. By redirecting web-based Microsoft Teams rendering to the browser within Workspace app, Citrix is able to optimize the Teams user experience due to the fact that the processing and rendering occurs on the endpoint. In addition, server scalability is increased as the web-based Teams instances consume less CPU on the VDAs. This new capability not only optimizes Microsoft Teams, but also optimizes any WebRTC applications, such as Google Hangouts.

Numerous HDX Innovations and ICA Improvements

Release after release, we continuously expand our capabilities around various use cases based on feedback from our customers. In addition to optimized web-based Teams and NVENC support with Virtual Apps, we’ve delivered the ability to redirect encrypted mass storage USB devices within Server VDAs, support of file transfers larger than 4GBs with client drive mapping, and a private tech preview of Local Text Echo. Each release we continue to chip away at improving our ICA protocol. With this release, we delivered performance enhancements that resulted in up to 2x improvement in throughput consumption for all virtual channels over TCP on WAN (150ms latency). Thinwire, for example, while playing a 1080p video in full screen was able to peak at almost 4 Mbps whereas before the improvements it was peaking at just shy of 2 Mbps, which means improved video quality. Client Drive Mapping also realized a 2x improvement in file transfer with over the WAN (50ms and 150ms latencies tested), decreasing file transfer time for both ICA over TCP and ICA over EDT. While this is great, these improvements are just a stepping-stone for the next generation of HDX technologies.

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR dramatically enhances the digital workspace experience

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR is a field-proven, hardened version of our combined 2017 XenApp and XenDesktop releases. XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR was tested to the most stringent security standards and will be targeted for industry-recognition such as FIPS and Common Criteria certifications and can assist in any GDPR plan. It is flexible enough to address the broadest range of Linux and Microsoft apps and desktops with operating system. In addition, the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR product milestones align with our XenServer 7.1 LSTR CU release for up to 5 years of mainstream support and 5 more years of extended support.

Compare XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR to 7.15 LTSR

Compare XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR to the recent current releases

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR is officially certified for Windows Server 2016 making it easier and faster to deliver all your Windows Server 2016 apps and server-hosted desktops to any user, worldwide.  By certifying XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR on Windows Server 2016, you get the predictable maintenance schedule of our Long Term Service Release in combination with the security and performance benefits of Windows Server 2016.