Citrix and Google have been partners for the past three years, but announced a new partnership in the form of a receiver for Chrome and advanced features for Chromebook users.
Citrix Receiver is client software that gives users access to XenDesktop and XenApp installations. Citrix Receiver for Chrome gives users direct integration to Chromebook-specific features. These include: the ability to integrate with Google Cloud Print; audio and video playback, assignment of a unique Receiver ID to each device for monitoring; clipboard integration across remote and local apps; end user experience monitoring; and direct SSL connections.
Google Director of Product Management for Chrome for Business and Education Rajen Sheth said, "Chromebooks continue to do well in business, whether customers are already fully in the cloud or they need a little help from our friends at Citrix. Many vertical industries like healthcare and finance have complex requirements around security and compliance, and all businesses need robust manageability, which is why Chromebooks appeal to a broad range of IT folks at Citrix customers like Woolworths and Chapters Health System."
"Citrix and Google are changing the way people work," added Citrix VP of product marketing for desktop and apps Calvin Hsu. "In addition to the joint collaboration around XenApp and XenDesktop with Chromebooks, Citrix ShareFile features a personal cloud connector for accessing Google Drive files, Citrix GoToMeeting Free is now available on Chrome, and Citrix Podio is integrated with Google Apps. Google and Citrix are committed to continued innovation across our product lines to bring best in class mobile workspaces to our customers."
Citrix says partners trained to introduce and deploy Chromebooks combined with XenApp and XenDesktop are operating in regions throughout the world.
Gartner predicts Chromebooks will triple in sales by 2017. Google recently put them in nine new countries.
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