Derek Thorslund

Derek Thorslund drives Citrix’s product strategy for HDX (high definition experience) virtualization technologies and leads the company’s HDX Product Management group across XenDesktop VDI, XenApp and Citrix Receiver.  Upon joining Citrix in 2003, he played a key role in expanding the company's product portfolio with the Citrix Access Suite, forerunner to XenApp/XenDesktop Platinum Edition. Mr. Thorslund has had an extensive career in the high-tech industry as Director of Product Management at Avotus Corporation and Manager of New Business Applications at Bell-Northern Research.
  1. Citrix Support for Skype for Business

    This week at Citrix Synergy 2015 in Orlando we announced a new release of the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync® to be available at the end of June. Release 1.8 will support optimized delivery of Microsoft’s rebranded universal communications client, Skype for Business, from XenApp and XenDesktop, in Lync UI mode. In addition to supporting Windows and Linux devices, the new release introduces an ...

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  2. What About Skype for Business?

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    Just as Office Communicator morphed into Lync in 2011, Microsoft Lync has now become Skype for Business. On April 14th, Microsoft released its rebranded Unified Communications (or “Universal Communications”) client for enterprise and SMB customers, introducing several user interface updates. For example, Skype for Business adopts the Skype™ icons for calling, adding video and ending calls, and an active call stays visible in a small window ...

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  3. More Flexibility In Lync 2013 Delivery From XenApp and XenDesktop

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    Recognizing that Microsoft Lync is a strategic application for many organizations, Citrix has done more than any other vendor to optimize the delivery of Lync in virtualized environments. We led the way with the introduction of the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Lync 2010 in June 2012 and also embraced Microsoft’s VDI Plug-in solution for Lync 2013. Now, as part of the XenApp and XenDesktop ...

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  4. Cisco Releases VXME Update for Jabber

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    The best way to deliver Cisco’s Jabber® client from Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop is with the Cisco Virtualization Experience Media Engine (VXME). Jabber is Cisco’s flagship Unified Communications client, supporting presence, instant messaging (IM), desktop sharing and audio-video conferencing. The key to delivering Unified Communications clients like Jabber at scale in a desktop virtualization environment is to offload the media processing to the user device ...

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  5. Using Lync USB Devices with XenApp/XenDesktop

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    Microsoft Lync, soon to be renamed Skype for Business, has become one of the more popular Unified Communications (or “Universal Communications”) applications in the Citrix customer base. And as the use of Lync with XenApp and XenDesktop has grown, so has demand for support of a wide variety of USB audio and video devices. Microsoft lists a broad selection of such devices in the Lync ...

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  6. Using XenApp/XenDesktop with Lync Online

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    Lync® Online is a Microsoft Office 365 hosted communications offering that delivers the collaboration capabilities of Lync Server 2013 as a cloud-based service.  The various Lync server roles (Front End Server, Mediation Server, Edge Server, etc.) all run in Microsoft data centers.   Now, with the recent 1.6 release of Citrix’s HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Lync, delivering the Lync client from XenApp/XenDesktop in a Lync Online ...

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  7. Delivering Lync from XenApp and XenDesktop

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    For many Citrix customers, Microsoft® Lync® has become a widely used "strategic application" thanks to excellent audio-video conferencing capabilities and tight integration with the Microsoft® Office suite. Happily, no other desktop virtualization vendor offers as comprehensive a set of technologies for delivering Lync as Citrix. If you’d like to learn how the HDX features of XenApp, XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver support Lync for users on various ...

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  8. Looking for High Quality, Multi-Point Video for VDI? Vidyo and Citrix Have Got You Covered!

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    When I first heard about Vidyo and its capabilities I was intrigued... A video conferencing solution that doesn’t require a complex network AND works over a basic broadband connection without losing quality? I needed to see it with my own eyes. Sure enough, I was pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal quality that Vidyo delivers. So, I am very pleased to share that Vidyo has now ...

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  9. A video is the next best thing… HDX with Framehawk

    In case you didn't make it to the HDX demo pod area in the Solutions Expo at Synergy 2014 to experience HDX with Framehawk firsthand, here's the next best thing... a video demonstration, as shown during the Day 2 Keynote. In my previous blog post, I described the technologies that enable Framehawk to deliver a highly interactive user experience on very challenging network connections. At high ...

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  10. Our Framehawk demo at Synergy will knock your socks off!

    One of the most impressive demos you will see at Synergy 2014 in Anaheim is our new Framehawk technology, currently being integrated into the HDX stack used by XenApp, XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver. As I highlighted in my blog post when we acquired Framehawk, people are no longer chained to their desks in the office where they have a highly reliable wired network connection. We’re ...

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