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New features in XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5

For those of you who (legitimately) felt lost after the announcement of the future XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5 releases, below I put a list of some of the new features for which there are not yet official information on the Citrix website:

  • AppDNA is included for Platiunm users with a limited application count of 99.999 Apps (quite enough I’d say :))
  • HDX Mobile has been improved
  • Web Interface 5.4 and Citrix Secure Gateway have an extended support until August 2016
  • Citrix Secure Gateway is not supported by XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5
  • XenApp 7.5 will be out in three editions:
    • Advanced
    • Enterprise
    • Platinum
  • The XenDesktop App Edition is dead
  • XenDesktop App licenses will be equivalent to XenApp Enterprise licenses
  • XenDesktop 7.5 will be out in three editions:
    • Advanced
    • Enterprise
    • Platinum
  • StoreFront 2.5 will be released as well
  • Newly acquired Framehawk technologies will not be integrated in this release
  • XA and XD 7.5 will support OSs from Windows 2008 R2 upwards
  • No new versions of EdgeSight will be released, only Director can be used (Director is under continued development)
  • MCS will be able to provision to the cloud (AWS, CloudPlatform)
  • Windows Azure support is planned but not yet available in this release
  • There will be one single installer for both XD and XA 7.5, the license file differentiates the available features

More info will follow… hopefully… stay tuned 😉


Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) – Beta Version

Microsoft released the beta version of its “advanced profile management” tool called “Microsoft User Experience Virtualization”, UE-V.

UE-V will be included in the future version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and it will be a valuable (I hope) companion to other technologies such as App-V, MED-V, and hopefully also XenDesktop, XenApp and VMware View.


As per Microsoft’s website:

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that that keeps users’ experience with them. It allows them choice to change their device and keep their experience so that they don’t have to reconfigure applications each time they login to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Regardless if it is a rich desktop or a VDI session, UE-V enables a consistent, personal Windows experience that matches their unique work style.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/virtualization/UE-V.aspx


It will have roughly the same functionalities that other products from RES Software, AppSense, and Citrix already have, such as support of different version of roaming profiles (V1 and V2) and filtering of profiles settings to be synchronized.

UE-V will be also manageable through Microsoft SCCM 2012.


You can get the Beta version here:  http://www.microsoft.com/getuev


I will soon test it and keep you posted.