Citrix Receiver definition

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Understanding Citrix VDI: XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-Box
Contributor(s): Jack Madden

Citrix Receiver is a suite of products that allow client devices to connect to various desktop virtualization services offered by Citrix. Versions exist for many different types of client platforms and form factors, including Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS X, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Blackberry Playbook, Linux, Google Chromebook, thin clients, zero clients, and embedded operating systems.

Citrix Receiver can connect client devices to XenApp and XenDesktop applications and desktops via the HDX protocol; and also to XenVault secure storage, Citrix Access Gateway, and many other Citrix services. The combination of plug-ins available to each version of Citrix Receiver varies based on the client’s form factor and capabilities.

Citrix Receiver was formerly known as “ICA Client.” As Citrix added more products and capabilities to their ecosystem, the name was changed from ICA Client to Citrix Receiver in order to indicate the wide variety of functions.

This was first published in November 2011

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