Product Documentation

About mobility features

Jun 20, 2013

XenDesktop mobility features improve the experience of your mobile device users accessing your published resources. Features include:

  • The use of mobile device controls instead of native Windows controls such as combo boxes.
  • Automatic display of the device keyboard when an editable field has the focus. The desktop session scrolls if needed to make the input area visible.
  • A touch-optimized desktop for mobile devices that provides:
    • Improved access to the Windows Start menu: Tap the START button and use the touch-friendly menus to navigate to applications and documents. Start an application or open a document with a single tap.
    • Multiple pages of icons on the desktop: Swipe the desktop or tap the scroll icons to navigate.
    • One-tap return to the touch-optimized desktop when it is hidden by a full-screen application: Tap the icon in the bottom left corner of the desktop.
    • One-tap return to the traditional Windows desktop: Tap the icon in the top right corner of the desktop to toggle between the touch-optimized and Windows desktops.
  • Support for providing mobile device location (GPS) information to remote application sessions. This feature enables the remote application to obtain mobile device location information from Citrix Receiver so that the application behavior can change just as if it were running locally on the mobile device.
  • A mobile device development platform, the Mobile SDK for Windows Apps, that enables Enterprise Windows developers to write applications for mobile devices using familiar programming languages. The Mobile SDK for Windows Apps includes interfaces to:
    • Control how buttons are used on the mobile device
    • Set screen orientation
    • Activate the on-screen keyboard
    • Use local user interface controls instead of Windows controls
    • Access the device's telephone, SMS, and camera functions

Please note that this release of XenDesktop does not support the audio and video capture capabilities in the latest release of the Mobile SDK for Windows Apps.

Fixed Issues

  • The automatic keyboard and mobile combo box now appear on second use. [253264]
  • The policy help text for Automatic keyboard display and Remote the combo box is correct. [256356]
  • The error "wfshell shell has stopped working" no longer appears when you start Microsoft Notepad after previously exiting it before the keyboard opened. [261973]

Known Issues

  • An application with a .NET 4.0 Calendar control can crash if Microsoft UI Automation monitoring is active in the same session and the user places the focus on the Calendar control. This issue results from a missing property (ComponentResourceKey) in the DataTemplate key for the .NET 4.0 Calendar control. A resource defined at the theme level must use a ComponentResourceKey as the key.

    To avoid this issue with .NET 4.0, set the DataTemplate key for the Calendar control as follows:

    <DataTemplate x:Key="{ComponentResourceKey 

    For more information, refer to the Microsoft Support article Null reference exception when running a .net app with UI automation. [261165]

  • The automatic keyboard feature does not scroll the display to show the input area when an iOS device resolution is set to a value other than Auto-Fit. [267307]
  • During some operations, applications can unexpectedly minimize to the touch-optimized desktop taskbar. Tap the taskbar icon for the application to re-open it. [267606, 267609]
  • When a Windows notification appears, the Windows taskbar displays on top of the touch-optimized desktop taskbar. To redisplay the touch-optimized desktop taskbar, dismiss the notification or tap the desktop. [268911]
  • The touch-optimized desktop taskbar appears with the Windows desktop when the user presses Alt-Tab and then taps the gear icon from the Windows desktop (Receiver for iOS). To correct the display, tap the icon in the lower left corner. [269535]
  • The keyboard covers the input area when the automatic keyboard is displayed and a Receiver for iOS user rotates the device. The user can pan the display or rotate the device to the original orientation to see the input area. [269920]
  • The touch-optimized desktop taskbar displays when an application is running in full-screen mode. [272692]
  • The automatic keyboard or device-native combo box do not display for applications run with elevated permissions (Receiver for iOS). [273016]