Citrix Receiver Flavors, Release Cadence &Support

When I started as a software engineer (way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), I remember releases used to be a once per year occurrence followed by a crazy ship party.

But like dinosaurs, software development models have evolved and some have gone extinct. Customer experience has now become a core value for many software enterprises and it’s the same with Citrix Receivers.

About a year ago, over beer (because no great conversation was ever had without one), we were pondering why we have so many new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements tested and ready to ship, but still have to wait for the magical release date in order to share them with users. Why should we wait for once per quarter or once every six months release date? Why don’t we ship our updates at a faster cadence to improve customer experience and ensure they have the best possible version of Receiver at their fingertips. As a result of this conversation, we have made enormous changes in the way we release Receivers.

If you do not know what Citrix Receiver is, worry not; its definition is in its name. Seriously; this had to be the easiest naming project ever. I bet the conversation went like this, “What do we name a product that receives the HDX experience and shows it to the user in their device?” and someone was like “Receiver?” and the rest of the team said, “Works for me! Let’s get some coffee.”

There are different flavors of Receivers. My favorite one is the Receiver for Windows. Yes, I said it out loud! I know we aren’t supposed to have a favorite child but that’s okay. Receiver for Windows has three different flavors.

The Classic: Built strong and built to last, this classic edition has all the features and performance enhancements to provide you a stable and reliable work environment when you are connected to a XenApp and XenDesktop session. The release cadence is once in three months and is usually shipped along with XenApp and XenDesktop. You can find the latest over here. If you are using a Windows computer for your work, I suggest you to use this classic masterpiece. You can learn more about the support and life cycle management over here. Receiver for Windows also has an auto update feature. It is enabled by default from 4.9, and when there is a new release you will get a prompt to upgrade to the latest and the best. Have a look at this KB article to find out more about auto update and how to manage it if you have an LTSR version of Classic edition on your device.

The Store Edition: A new addition to the world of Receivers. This store app is built on Microsoft’s desktop bride platform. What that means is that you get most of the great features of the classic edition, directly from the store, which you will not have to maintain. I suggest you give this a try if you are using any touch or dual combo laptops like Microsoft’s Surface or Lenovo’s Yoga (plus other cool gadgets and applications like the Windows IoT, HoloLens, and Continuum). Remember you need Win 10 1709 or higher to get this store app. Only the latest version is supported.

The Universal Windows App: Now if you have Windows Lumia or a HP Windows mobile, then the Universal Windows App will sort you out. It does not have all the features of the classic or the store edition but it will be good to do all the work chores while you are in the cab on your Windows mobile. Only the latest version is supported. Also, If you have a Win 10 laptop or desktop that is not on 1709 or above, this will be the only available Receiver for Windows version from the store for you to install apart from the Classic edition

My next set of favourite Receivers are the Receiver for Android, Receiver for iOS and Receiver for Chrome. Now these Receiver releases once every three weeks.

Receiver for Android works great on your Android mobile devices and has been customer-tailored for enhanced user experience, performance, and stability. It’s available at the Play Store. It is rolled out on a canary model spread over a week. So, do not fret if your colleague has the latest Android receiver and you do not. If you do not manage your Android device from the store and would rather use apk files to install them manually, you can find them here. But note, this only gets updated about once every three months and only the latest apk is supported.

Receiver for iOS, similar to Receiver for Android, is tailored for your Apple mobile devices. It is also rolled out on a canary model spread over three days or sometimes a week. You can install this app from the Apple Store

Adoption of Chromebooks at work has started to increase and we have a Chrome App for it to. The Receiver for Chrome is released once every three weeks. At the moment, there is no canary roll out and everyone gets it on the same day it gets released. Reminds me of that Oprah meme: “You get a Chrome Receiver … and now you get a Chrome Receiver … everybody gets a Chrome Receiver!”

If you cannot install any of the above apps on your device then fret not, Receiver for HTML5 to the rescue. Simply punch in the StoreFront URL onto your browser address bar and follow instructions to download a light weight HTML5 Receiver and connect to your work apps and desktops. You can also find it here

Receiver for Linuxand Receiver for Mac are two other powerful workhorses. They are released once every three months. Support information for both can be found here. The latest versions of  Receiver for Linux can be found here and  Receiver for Mac can be found here. These two Receivers have great graphics performances and stability. Designers and CAD users will love these two. Receiver for Mac also has an auto update feature similar to Receiver for Windows. When there is a new release you will get a prompt to upgrade. Please refer the KB article on this for more information.

To summarise, here is a snap shot of all the Receiver flavours and the release cadence

FlavourCadenceRelease ModeSupport
Receiver for AndroidOnce every three weeksStore and Downloads page (apk files). Download pages will be refreshed once every three months onlyLatest on the store and latest on the download page
Receiver for ChromeOnce every three weeksStoreLatest on the store
Receiver for iOSOnce every three weeksStoreLatest on the store
Receiver for HTML5Once every three weeksThrough StoreFront and Download pageLatest
Receiver for Windows StoreOnce every three weeksStoreLatest on the store
Receiver for Universal Windows PlatformIn maintenance mode, releases will be announced in the below calendarStoreLatest on the store
Receiver for WindowsOnce every three monthsDownloads page and auto updateRefer to this link
Receiver for LinuxOnce every three monthsDownloads pageRefer to this link
Receiver for MacOnce every three monthsDownloads page and auto updateRefer to this link

To know the exact release schedule please visit the Receiver release calendar.

That’s all folks!

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