Citrix Takes Microsoft Apps Mobile With New iPhone App

You knew it was going to happen sooner or later. Citrix is taking Microsoft apps mobile but it’s not just on Windows Mobile, it’s Microsoft Windows apps on the iPhone too. Citrix launched the Citrix Receiver iPhone app, available now free for download from the iPhone App Store. I had a chance to spend some time today with the Citrix Receiver iPhone app connected  to the Citrix Cloud Center.

Citrix Receiver was surprisingly speedy to launch and very responsive when running apps like Solidworks, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  In addition to running desktop windowed apps, Receiver also supports Silverlight, Flash and Flex based applications. Along with its good responsiveness, the touch interface of the iPhone worked well tapping and controling icons, menu items, popup menus, and buttons. Citrix has also added a well designed landscape keyboard (something most iPhone apps will have to wait for until iPhone OS 3.0 is out this summer) that even includes Alt+Tab, Delete, Esc, and page up/down keys. I wonder if Ctrl-Alt-Del will reboot my iPhone, lol.

I’ve included some screenshots and you can see full sized images here. You can check the Citrix Receiver by getting a demo account at www.citrixcloud.net and then download the client on your iPhone. Check it out. I’d love to hear what you think.

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