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It’s Like Magic! The Citrix Workspace App

by Lyndon-Jon Martin, CTA, Citrix

Introduction

In this post, I’m not going to cover off the usual topics you’d expect me to, I’ll be focusing on some of the cool new stuff within the all-new Citrix Workspace app + HTML5 portal and why for me, it’s a bit like Magic.

Is Citrix Workspace app well beyond Citrix Receiver?

Yes it is 100%!

If we look at Citrix Receiver vs. Citrix Workspace app, at a glance, it may appear to be an icon switch-out grey to blue along with a new fresh UI, right? It couldn’t be further from the truth. So therefore, lets begin with a technology diagram depicting most of the features vs. capabilities within the Citrix Workspace and app. The visual aid/diagram below is the NEW way to consume Citrix Workspace (Suite) now as Services from https://citrix.cloud.com/ – bringing all your LOB tools, contents and workflows together in one place.

As you can see, its now a Cloud (SaaS-Style) Service + User First centric approach, enabling Citrix Workspace and app today. Therefore, I won’t be covering any hybrid scenarios (however, perhaps in a follow up post). If you are curious about hybrid, then drop me a note in the comments sections. Now let’s move on to exploring some features vs. capabilities at a glance:

So closing this section, you can at-a-glance see the rich features in the Citrix Workspace and app + portal are well beyond what Citrix Receiver was and still is. If you want an industry analyst’s view, check out this webinar and also listen to what Citrix’s CPO PJ has to say – https://www.citrix.com/products/citrix-workspace/form/first-digital-workspace-webinar-on-demand/.

How to get started?

At a high level, you’ll require:

  1. A Citrix Cloud account – https://onboarding.cloud.com*
  2. Choose the right vs. relevant Citrix Workspace edition for your organisation – https://www.citrix.com/products/citrix-workspace/
  3. Configure the Services
  4. End-Users can optionally download the Citrix Workspace app at – https://www.citrix.com/downloads/workspace-app/ or connect to the HTML5 Workspace portal via https://.cloud.com/.

In closing, why is it like Magic? Well, as a consumer of Citrix Workspace app and the HTML5 portal, I don’t need to think much. I just get on with the task at hand – I want to modify some slides from my core slide deck (thank you universal search) before my customer meeting on Wednesday, so I click on it and it opens the slides in the relevant LOB app (e.g., PowerPoint). I then leave the office, close my MacBook, get home and logon via my home PC, do those final changes I was thinking about on the tube, and then save the document and close the window. I can now share those PowerPoint slides from Citrix Workspace app + HTML5 portal vs. SecureMail post the meeting with the customer. 

The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citrix.

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