Let’s start with a brief understanding of ‘Receiver for HTML5’.

You probably know that Receiver is the client that is used to connect to Citrix hosted apps and virtual desktops. Receiver is typically installed on the users device and communicates with Citrix StoreFront to provide users with the list of available apps and desktops as well as provide the connection to access them. Installing Receiver is simple and easy, but in some cases a user can have a locked down environment that doesn’t allow the Receiver client to be installed on the device, think of a kiosk, locked down laptop or Chromebook.  How can users access apps and desktops, Receiver for HTML5 is the answer.

‘Receiver for HTML5’ is essentially the HDX engine which works in conjunction with ‘Receiver for web’ website hosted on StoreFront. When you login to ‘Receiver for web’ from a browser and launch a hosted application or desktop, it can either use the ‘HTML5 engine, which is fetched from StoreFront and is part of the browser’ or ‘use the native HDX engine if Receiver is installed locally’. ‘Receiver for HTML5’ becomes a zero install Receiver, since the HDX engine is part of the browser (i.e. no client is installed on the device).

You can set the Citrix Receiver deployment option on StoreFront as shown in the dialog below: 

Now lets talk about what’s new in ‘Receiver for HTML5 1.3’

Receiver for HTML5 1.3 has built the base for us to enhance and innovate on HDX and increase the seamless delivery of Windows apps and desktops to Google Chrome devices and other platforms through popular web browsers, building a zero install experience for accessing your business applications from any device.

This release makes it simpler to access XenApp and XenDesktop while still providing a powerful user experience for your productivity applications. You will experience enhanced graphics experience for your 2D and 3D applications and improved audio-video playback experience at significantly lower bandwidth than before.

Provides enhanced user experience for the first time use with information on how to use Receiver and the in-session toolbar. In session toolbar provides clipboard to copy-paste between local and session and an option to send Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the Windows Security Desktop. Also using the host to client content redirection you can open the in-session URL in local browser.

As shown in the image below if a user wants to edit an Excel spreadsheet, it just opens in a separate browser tab for a user to work on it, giving seamless experience powered by ‘Receiver for HTML5’

This release also has better error logging mechanism in case you get into issues and need help.

Receiver for HTML5 1.3 is available as part of StoreFront 2.5 package and installed on StoreFront server. In this release we have built the mechanism that will allow administrators to independently upgrade ‘Receiver for HTML5’ on top of Storefront 2.5, whenever there is a new ‘Receiver for HTML5’ release available.  Once the admin upgrades Receiver for HTML5 on storefront, all users automatically get the latest version.

Download Storefront 2.5 today and share your ‘Receiver for HTML5’ experience with us.