What’s new in Citrix Workspace app for Windows

What’s new in 1809

Support for Citrix Ready workspace hub for Citrix Casting

The Citrix Ready workspace hub combines digital and physical environments to deliver apps and data within a secure smart space. The complete system connects devices (or things), like mobile apps and sensors, to create an intelligent and responsive environment.

Citrix Ready workspace hub is built on the Raspberry Pi 3 platform. The device running Citrix Workspace app connects to the Citrix Ready workspace hub and casts the apps or desktops on a larger display. Citrix Casting is supported only on Microsoft Windows 10 Version 1607 and later or Windows Server 2016.

Using the Advanced Preferences dialog, you can configure whether you want to launch Citrix Ready workspace hub when Citrix Workspace app is launched.

Note:

  • Citrix Casting for Windows supports Citrix Ready workspace hub Version 2.40.3839 and later. Workspace hub with earlier versions might not get detected or cause a casting error.
  • The Citrix Ready workspace hub feature is not supported on Citrix Workspace app for Windows (Store).

For more information about Citrix Ready workspace hub in Citrix Workspace app for Windows, see Configuring Citrix Ready workspace hub.

For more information about Citrix Ready workspace hub, see Citrix Ready workspace hub documentation.

What’s new in 1808

Secure SaaS with embedded Citrix browser

Secure access to SaaS applications provides a unified user experience that delivers published SaaS applications to the users. SaaS apps are available with Single Sign-on. Administrators can now protect the organization’s network and end-user devices from malware and data leaks by filtering access to specific websites and website categories.

Citrix Workspace app for Windows support the use of SaaS apps using the Access Control Service. The service enables administrators to provide a cohesive experience, integrating Single Sign-on, and content inspection.

Delivering SaaS apps from the cloud has the following benefits:

  • Simple configuration – Easy to operate, update, and consume.
  • Single Sign-on – Hassle-free log on with Single Sign-on.
  • Standard template for different apps – Template-based configuration of popular apps.

For information on how to configure SaaS apps using Access Control Services, see Access Control documentation.

For more information about SaaS apps with Citrix Workspace app, see Workspace configuration.

Single Sign-on support with Citrix Gateway

Single Sign-on lets you authenticate to a domain and use Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops delivered by that domain without having to reauthenticate to each app or desktop. When you add a store using the Storebrowse utility, your credentials are passed through to the Citrix Gateway server, along with the apps and desktops enumerated for you, including your Start menu settings. After configuring Single Sign-on, you can add the store, enumerate your apps and desktops, and launch the required resources without having to type your credentials multiple times.

For information about configuring Single Sign-on with Citrix Gateway, see Configuring Single Sign-on with Citrix Gateway.

Beacon test

With this release, Citrix Workspace app allows you to perform a beacon test using the Beacon checker that is available as part of the Configuration Checker utility. Beacon test helps to confirm if the beacon (ping.citrix.com) is reachable. This diagnostic test helps to eliminate one of the many possible causes for slow resource enumeration, that is beacon not being available. To run the test, right-click the Citrix Workspace app in the notification area and select Advanced Preferences > Configuration Checker. Select Beacon checker from the list of Tests and click Run.

The test results can be any of the following:

  • Reachable – Citrix Workspace app is successfully able to contact the beacon.
  • Not reachable - Citrix Workspace app is unable to contact the beacon.
  • Partially reachable - Citrix Workspace app is able to contact the beacon intermittently.

Note:

  • The test results are not applicable on Workspace for Web.
  • The test results can be saved as reports. The default format for the report is .txt.

Storebrowse utility for Citrix Workspace app

Storebrowse is a lightweight command-line utility that is used to interact between the client and the server. It is used to authenticate all the operations within StoreFront and with Citrix Gateway. Using the Storebrowse utility, administrators can automate the following day-to-day operations:

  • Add a store.
  • Enumerate the published desktops and applications from a configured store.
  • Generate an ICA file manually by selecting any published desktop or application.
  • Generate an ICA file using the Storebrowse command-line.
  • Launch the published application.

The Storebrowse utility is part of the Authmanager component. After installing the Citrix Workspace, the Storebrowse utility is located in the AuthManager installation folder.

For more information about Storebrowse utility, see Storebrowse Utility for Workspace app for Windows documentation.

Support for PDF printing

With this release, Citrix Workspace app for Windows supports PDF printing in a session.

The Citrix PDF Universal Printer driver allows you to print documents that are launched using hosted applications and desktops running on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. When you select the Citrix PDF Printer option from the Print dialog, the printer driver converts the file to a PDF and transfers the PDF to the local device. The PDF is then launched using the default PDF viewer for viewing and prints from a locally attached printer.

Citrix recommends Google Chrome browser or Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF viewing.

You can enable Citrix PDF printing using Citrix Studio on the Delivery Controller.

For information about how to configure PDF printing, see PDF printing.

Chrome enhancement to browser content redirection

Browser content redirection now supports the Google Chrome browser in addition to the previously supported Internet Explorer browser. Browser content redirection redirects the contents of a web browser to a client device, and creates a corresponding browser embedded within the Citrix Workspace app. This feature offloads network usage, page processing, and graphics rendering to the endpoint. Doing so improves the user experience when browsing demanding webpages, especially webpages that incorporate HTML5 or WebRTC video.

For more information, see Browser content redirection.

Better network throughput over high latency connections

The default number of ICA output buffers that are used to send and receive data has been raised from 44 (64 Kilobytes) to 100 (~145 Kilobytes). This change delivers improved throughput performance even on high latency connections. This enhancement applies to only Citrix Workspace app 1808 for Windows or higher. For more details, see CTX125027.

Client drive mapping support for large file transfers

Client drive mapping now supports transfers of files larger than 4 Gigabytes. The required minimum version for Citrix Workspace app for Windows is 1808.

Support for Citrix Analytics

Citrix Workspace app is instrumented to securely transmit logs to Citrix Analytics. The logs are analyzed and stored on Citrix Analytics when enabled. For more information about Citrix Analytics, see Citrix Analytics documentation.

What’s new in Citrix Workspace app for Windows