Support for the unified Citrix Receiver experience

Notes:

  • The unified experience is only supported on Internet Explorer 11. See Internet Explorer support.

  • “StoreFront” continues to be the name used to refer to the enterprise app store that aggregates applications and desktops from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops sites into a single easy to use store for users. Citrix Receiver technology is now included in Citrix Workspace app. Implementing this transition in our products and documentation is an ongoing process. In-product content might still contain former names—for example, the unified experience refers to “Citrix Receiver”. “Receiver for web” in the administration console and in the documentation continues to refer to the client-less web access to StoreFront. Your patience during this transition is appreciated. For more detail about our new names, see https://www.citrix.com/about/citrix-product-guide/.

StoreFront supports both the classic and unified user experiences. With the classic experience, each Citrix Receiver platform is responsible for delivering its own user experience. The unified experience delivers a centrally managed HTML5 user experience to all web and native Citrix Receivers. This supports customization and featured app groups management.

Stores created using this version of StoreFront use the unified experience by default, but for upgrades Citrix retains the classic experience by default. To support the unified experience you must associate a StoreFront store with a Receiver for Web site, and that site must be configured to use the unified experience.

Important:

The unified experience is not supported if the Receiver for Web site is added to the Restricted zone. If you must add the Receiver for Web site to the Restricted zone, configure your store to use the classic experience.

Use the StoreFront management console to do the following Citrix Receiver for Web related tasks:

  • Create a Citrix Receiver for Web site.
  • Change the Citrix Receiver for Web site experience.
  • Select a unified Citrix Receiver for Web site to associate with the store.
  • Customize the Receiver appearance.

Important: In multiple server deployments, use only one server at a time to make changes to the configuration of the server group. Ensure that the Citrix StoreFront management console is not running on any of the other servers in the deployment. Once complete, propagate your configuration changes to the server group so that the other servers in the deployment are updated.

Note:

If using XenApp 6.x, applications set to Stream to client or Streamed if possible, otherwise accessed from a server are not supported with the unified experience enabled.

Create a Citrix Receiver for Web website

A Citrix Receiver for Web site is created automatically, whenever you create a store. You can also create additional Receiver for Web sites using this procedure.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and, in the Actions pane, click Manage Receiver for Web Sites > Add and follow the wizard.

Change the Citrix Receiver experience

You can select if a Citrix Receiver for Web website delivers the classic or unified experience. Note that enabling the classic experience disables the advanced customizations and featured app group management.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console, select the store that you want to change in the center pane, and click Manage Receiver for Web Sites in the Actions pane, and then click Configure.
  3. Select Receiver Experience and choose Disable classic experience or Enable classic experience.

Select a unified Citrix Receiver for Web site to associate with the store

When a new store is created using StoreFront, a Citrix Receiver for Web site in unified mode is automatically created and associated with the store. However if you upgrade from a previous version of StoreFront, it defaults to the classic experience.

To select a Citrix Receiver for Web site to provide the unified experience for a store, you must have at least one Citrix Receiver for Web site created with the classic experience disabled.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console, select a store in the center pane, and click Configure Unified Experience in the Actions pane. Only websites that support the unified experience (classic experience disabled) can be used for setting as the default for the store. If you do not have a Citrix Receiver for Web website created, a message displays including a link to the Create a new Receiver for Web website. You can also change an existing Receiver for Web site into a Receiver for Web website. See Change the Citrix Receiver experience.
  3. When you have a Citrix Receiver for Web site created, choose Configure Unified Experience for this store and choose the specific website.

Important:

If you change the unified experience to the classic experience on a Receiver for Web site, this might affect the native Citrix Receiver clients. Changing the experience back to the unified experience on this Receiver for Web site does not update the experience to the unified experience for the native Citrix Receiver clients. You must reset the unified experience in the Stores node on the management console.

Customize the Citrix Receiver appearance

To customize the Citrix Receiver appearance, your Citrix Receiver for Web website must have the classic Citrix Receiver experience disabled.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and in the Actions pane, click Manage Receiver for Web Sites and click Configure.
  3. Select Receiver Experience > Disable classic experience.
  4. Select Customize Appearance and make selections to customize how the website displays after logging on.

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Citrix Receiver unified user experience

This section describes the features and appearance of the unified experience.

Card layout

Apps in the store are represented in a “card” layout. You can expand a panel below each card to show more details and actions.

Home

Home displays the favorites.

unified UI home

Favorites

Click or tap the star to make an item a favorite:

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Search across all apps, desktops, and categories:

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Settings

Access settings from the drop-down menu:

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The menu shows the user name, taken from the Active Directory display name. If the display name is left blank (we do not recommend this), the domain and account name display. Use the menu to open the Settings page, check Citrix Receiver version, or log off.

unified UI settings

Settings allow you to resume any disconnected sessions, and disconnect all of your current sessions and log you out respectively. Display the settings page in card or list layout:

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Connect. Resumes any disconnected sessions.

Disconnect. Disconnects all of your current sessions and logs you off.

Activate Citrix Receiver. Downloads a file that adds this store to the local Citrix Receiver app.

Change Citrix Receiver. Opens a page that checks for a local Citrix Receiver app. This also allows users to switch between launching resources using the locally installed Citrix Workspace app (or Citrix Receiver), and launching them in an HTML5 browser.