Citrix's (Continuum) Receiver for Universal Windows Platform

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Within the context of getting round restrictions for applications under Windows 10 S, Citrix has been demoing its new 'Receiver' UWP app - for companies using Citrix this means that users just need a Windows 10 Mobile phone and a dock. When they get to a physical desk, they just connect to the dock and run all their (remote) x86-programs from the company's Citrix servers and up it all pops on their monitor using Continuum. 

From the Citrix blog:

Windows 10 S is a locked-down OS that runs the applications delivered from Windows Store only. This means many existing Win32 apps, which are not moved to the store yet, will not run locally on Windows 10 S. The best way to get access to these business critical Win 32 apps is through Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop. Citrix Receiver opens the door for the Win 32 apps to run on Windows 10 S. This way you can run your business critical apps and also get flexibility to run any other browser like Chrome or other search engine on browser like Google search, adding more value on top of the simple, secure, cost effective characteristics of Windows 10 S.

Citrix Receiver compatible with Windows 10 S is built using ‘Universal Windows Platform (UWP)’ technology and it is delivered from the Microsoft Store to the users. Universal Windows Platform architecture enables the app to run on all Windows 10 platforms, which means Citrix Receiver can now run on devices like Windows 10 Mobile, PC, Surface Pro, IoT Enterprise, IoT Core, Surface hub and even the HoloLens.

The new Citrix Receiver for UWP supports ‘Hardware Continuum’ using Windows 10 Phone. This allows users to not only use the XenApp applications on the phone while on the go, but also to dock the phone in a continuum dock and use it like a thin client in office, getting the full Windows desktop experience with business critical Win 32 apps. This way the users need just one device while on the go and when in office. Watch the video below to see the Hardware Continuum use case with Citrix Receiver: 

Citrix Receiver makes TLS connection to XenApp and XenDesktop, where you can leverage TLS 1.2 or lower. There is also an option of using SecureICA encryption for the connection if you are running an older version of XenApp. 

It looks slightly clunky, of course, much as HP Workspace did last year (on the Elite x3), but do also bear in mind that this would typically not be done with the phone waved in the air for the camera - it would be in a Continuum dock and a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard pair would control the UI, making remote access of these x86 applications more natural.

Source / Credit: Citrix