updated 03:55 pm EST, Fri November 14, 2008
Citirix apps iPhone-bound
Citrix will bring its XenDesktop and XenApp applications to the iPhone, the company has announced. XenApp is used to virtualize individual Windows programs such as Excel or SAP, which can then be run remotely in a client-server configuration; XenDesktop expands this concept to cover an entire XP or Vista system. For the iPhone the software will be mainly be tweaked to use multi-touch commands, such as pinching and panning.
Users should additionally be able to switch between portrait and landscape views, and Citrix says it is taking extra effort to support programs that normally require special key entries. In some cases the company is meeting with developers to ensure compatibility, and in the long term, it is working on tools to convert apps built with the likes of Visual Basic to the visual limitations of cellphones. The Xen software should be available "sooner rather than later," according to Citrix.