Citrix: Receiver coming early next month, announces Windows Phone support for XenMobile

Windows Phone has somewhat lagged in features and apps that enterprise users need. Earlier today we learned that Microsoft announced an enterprise feature pack that would come to Windows Phone 8 early next year. Now, enterprise software giant Citrix has announced some pretty cool stuff for the IT/Enterprise readers – XenMobile and Citrix Receiver.

XenMobile is a tool that a lot of companies use to manage all the devices that individuals are bringing to the work place. Employees can bring their own personal devices to work and still access sensitive company data. In the old days you were usually supplied a device from your employer, but these days with the exploding number of choices in both smartphones and tablets you might want something they don’t offer. Here's a quick video to give a primer to all you folks not in enterprise. 

By using XenMobile, IT departments can nuke their sensitive data, apps, and more off your device if they need to. Without impacting your own private apps, games, and data. And Citrix has announced that XenMobile 8.5 will allow some neat things for folks who want to bring their Windows Phone 8 devices to work. Here’s what you can do.

  • Configure Exchange email accounts
  • Install enterprise certificates
  • Set device passcode and storage policies when enrolling their device

It will also include Worx Home, an enterprise app store that will have the apps, settings, and policies already configured for the particular employees role.

In the comment section of the Cirtix blog we also learn that they have plans to release Citrix Receiver early next month to the Windows Phone Store. Citrix Receiver is a universal software client for accessing desktop apps and IT services. It’s one of those apps a lot of you have been wanting since Windows Phone 7! Looks like we’re a few short weeks away from getting that.

How many of you have been looking forward to this? Sound off below!

Source: CitrixThanks for the tip bpmurr!

Sam Sabri