Product Documentation

About Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.4

Nov 01, 2017

Citrix Receiver for Chrome is a native Chrome packaged app which enables users to access virtual desktops and hosted applications from Chrome devices. Resources delivered by XenApp and XenDesktop are aggregated in a StoreFront store and made available through a Citrix Receiver for Web site.  

With the Citrix Receiver for Chrome app installed, users can access desktops and applications within their web browsers; no additional configuration or deployment options are required on StoreFront.

What's new in 2.4

Multi-monitor support

With this release, Citrix Receiver for Chrome supports multiple monitor displays with or without Unified Desktop mode. Multi-monitor support is available on both application and desktop sessions. The monitors can be of any resolution. 

You can configure the multi-monitor settings in Citrix Receiver for Chrome > Preferences.

For more information on configuring multi-monitor, see Configuring multi-monitor.

Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

The Citrix Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) gathers anonymous configuration and usage data from Citrix Receiver for Chrome and automatically sends the data to Citrix. This data helps Citrix improve the quality, reliability, and performance of Citrix Receiver for Chrome. CEIP is available with Citrix Receiver for Chrome Version 2.4 onwards. 

By default, CEIP is enabled.

When you opt-in to participate in CEIP, the data is collected on a weekly basis. However, when you disable CEIP, the data is not collected after opting out. You can choose to opt-out of CEIP program anytime.

The data is stored in the browser cache and transferred securely via HTTPS to Citrix. CEIP data is not sent to Citrix in the first 7 days after installing or upgrading to Chrome Version 2.4. 

For more information on the CEIP, see About the Citrix Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

To configure CEIP, see Configuring CEIP.

Separate icons in Chrome OS task bar (Experimental feature)

Citrix Receiver for Chrome lets you display all published applications and desktops in a session as separate icons in the taskbar (aura bar) , rather than grouping the apps and desktops with Citrix Receiver icon. By default, this feature is disabled.

For more information, see Separate icons in Chrome OS taskbar

HDX SDK for Chrome (Experimental API)

With this release, Citrix Receiver for Chrome allows third-party Chrome apps to use the below APIs in a session:

  1. Launch (supported from Version 2.3)
  2. Show
  3. Hide
  4. Disconnect
  5. Launch the session in embed mode.

Sessions launched in embed mode functions in ways similar to sessions launched in KIOSK mode.

For the latest HDX SDK APIs and examples, see the download page.

For HDX SDK API documentation for Chrome, see HDX SDK for Citrix Receiver for Chrome.

What's new in 2.3

Multi-monitor support

With this release, Citrix Receiver for Chrome supports multiple monitor display for remote applications and desktops in a client session. You can use up to two monitors with Unified Desktop mode.
Each monitor in a multiple monitor configuration has its own resolution designed by its manufacturer. When monitors with two different resolutions are used, Chrome OS stretches the resolution of the secondary monitor to match the height of the Chromebook display.

For more information, see Configuring Multi-monitor display.

Support for selective use of H.264 in Thinwire

Citrix Receiver for Chrome now supports selective H.264 capability in Thinwire, which helps in a better user experience with transient content. For example, video.

This feature is available only on VDAs Version 7.11 or later.

For more information on configuring selective H.264, see Configuring selective H.264.

Enhancement to caching behavior of video content in Thinwire

Thinwire can now bypass caching of server-rendered video content while at the same time retaining cached bitmaps for other open windows using text-based data (for example Excel, Windows Explorer, desktop background), resulting in a 5% reduction in bandwidth use. This enhancement is available in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.11 or later.

For more information on configuring Thinwire, see the XenApp and XenDesktop documentation.

HDX SDK for Chrome (Experimental API)

With this release, Citrix Receiver for Chrome provides an API that allows a third-party Chrome app to launch XenApp and XenDesktop sessions.
Note: This feature has been verified with the launch of a single app or desktop only.

For more information, see HDX SDK for Chrome.

What's new in 2.2

Session reliability

Citrix Receiver for Chrome now allows administrators to configure the following policies using Citrix Studio:

  1. Session reliability time-out
  2. Reconnect user interface transparency level

For more information, see Session reliability policy settings in XenApp and XenDesktop documentation.

Time zone enhancement

With this release, Citrix Receiver for Chrome has extended support of both English and native languages in client time zone redirection.

What's new in 2.1

Enhanced configuration

Citrix Receiver for Chrome provides additional functionality that gives you greater configuration control permitting new ways to configure Receiver. With this release, you can configure Receiver using:

  • Google Admin Policy
  • Web.config in StoreFront
  • default.ica
  • configuration.js

Using these methods, the following session settings can be configured:

  • Show/hide the toolbar
  • Enable/disable NACL
  • Audio
  • Graphics
  • File Transfer

For more details, see Configuring Citrix Receiver.

Note

  • Citrix recommends that you back up the configuration.js file before making any changes to it.
  • The configuration.js file is located in the ChromeApp root folder. Administrator-level credentials are required to edit this file; after editing the file, repackage for the changes to take effect.

Smart card authentication

Citrix Receiver for Chrome now allows users to authenticate using a Smart Card. Using this new feature, administrators can logon to Citrix Receiver using a smart card and can also sign e-mails or access websites in an ICA session using smart card credentials.

For more details, see Configuring Citrix Receiver.

Serial port redirection

Citrix Receiver for Chrome allows users to redirect COM/serial port devices to XenApp and XenDesktop virtual apps and desktops. With this functionality, users can view and access COM/serial port based devices in an active Receiver session.
For more details, see Configuring Citrix Receiver.

Note

By default, Citrix Receiver for Chrome maps COM5 as a preferred serial COM port for redirection.

Single Sign-on (SSON)

Citrix Receiver for Chrome now supports Single Sign-on (SSON) functionality on Chromebook as well as Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop backend using Federated authentication.
With this functionality, users do not have to retype passwords within a Citrix environment. SSON works by setting up SAML SSO into Chrome devices and Receiver sessions using the SAML cookies to login to NetScaler Gateway.
For more details, see Configuring Citrix Receiver.

More USB devices

This release supports a wider range of USB peripherals. With this added functionality, an administrator can create a Google policy to identify the PID/VID of the device to enable its use in Citrix Receiver. This support extends to new USB devices, including 3D Space mouse, additional composite devices, and Bloomberg keyboard.

Reload store URL button

A new button is added where store is loaded. By clicking the button, the cookies of the store get cleared and the store page is reloaded.

Unique ID

Citrix Receiver for Chrome generates a unique name using the Directory API ID of the devices enrolled via Google Chrome Management. The generated name looks like CRxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. 

What's new in 2.0

Redesigned toolbar

Citrix Receiver for Chrome provides a redesigned toolbar to improve the user experience at this release. This enhancement provides new options accessible from the toolbar to facilitate common tasks.

For more information, see Redesigned toolbar.

Connection Center

Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.0 introduces the Connection Center. This functionality facilitates application management when using seamless sessions by providing a taskbar that lists all opened applications.

For more information, see Connection Center.

Seamless window integration

Citrix Receiver for Chrome improves the user experience by adding seamless integration of multiple apps hosted in separate windows within an active session. Using this functionality, Citrix Receiver enables you to launch applications in an independent UI compared to launching all applications for a session in a single window.

Enhanced clipboard support

Citrix Receiver for HTML5 now supports HTML format in addition to plain text between client and a session. This support is useful for Office apps and browsers. Enhanced clipboard support is only available on Chrome and Safari browsers.
For more information, see Enhanced clipboard support.

What's new in 1.9

Hardware encode webcam support

Citrix Receiver for Chrome provides an enhancement to webcam redirection functionality at this release. H.264 hardware encoding for webcam input helps reduce CPU load and increases battery efficiency for Chromebook devices. These devices have encoders for H.264, which leverage Intel functionality through the PPB_VideoEncoder API.