Receiver for HTML5 is hosted on StoreFront servers and enables users to access virtual desktops and hosted applications from a web browser. Resources delivered by XenDesktop and XenApp are aggregated in a StoreFront store and made available through a Receiver for Web site. With Receiver for HTML5 enabled on the site, users can access desktops and applications within their web browsers without needing to install Receiver locally on their devices.
When used in conjunction with the centralized customization and branding capabilities of the StoreFront 3.0, users of this Receiver for HTML5 release will receive a centrally managed app and desktop selection experience from StoreFront. This is the same consistent user experience that can be received by the Windows and Mac desktop Receivers and Chrome web Receiver when associated with the StoreFront 3.0.
New at this release
Receiver for HTML5 provides secure file transfer between a user device and virtual XenDesktop sessions. This feature uses a file transfer virtual channel instead of client drive mapping.
By default, users can:
Administrators can selectively enable or disable file transfer, uploads, or downloads through policies in Citrix Studio.
File Transfer policies
By default, file transfer is enabled. Use Citrix Studio to change these policies, located under User Setting < ICA\File Redirection. Consider the following when using file transfer policies:
Receiver for HTML5 now includes improved session reliability to provide mobile users with uninterrupted access to apps and virtual desktops when moving between network access points. This functionality improves the user experience by ensuring a constant state of active connectivity, even when the user’s device power cycles when entering sleep mode.
Note: Sessions will only resume when network connectivity resumes after 180 seconds.
The following hotfixes are required to use this feature:
These are the supported Citrix product versions for this release and the requirements for users to access virtual desktops and hosted applications. It is assumed that all computers meet the minimum hardware requirements for the installed operating system.
Users require devices running the following web browsers and operating systems to access desktops and applications using Receiver for HTML5.
Receiver for HTML5 supports access to desktops and applications through the following versions of StoreFront. Stores must be accessed through Receiver for Web sites. Receiver for HTML5 does not support direct access to StoreFront stores, either using the store URL or the XenApp Services URL.
When users connect through NetScaler Gateway, Receiver for HTML5 can be used to access desktops and applications delivered by all the versions of XenDesktop and XenApp that are supported by StoreFront.
For direct connections through StoreFront without NetScaler Gateway, Receiver for HTML5 can be used to access desktops and applications delivered by the following product versions.
Hotfix Rollup Pack 3 or later and the Group Policy Management 1.7 update must also be installed on the XenApp 6.5 server.
In a production environment, Citrix recommends securing communications between Receiver for Web sites and users' devices with NetScaler Gateway and HTTPS. Receiver for HTML5 enables user access to desktops and applications from public networks with the following versions of NetScaler Gateway.