Citrix pre-announces XenDesktop 4.0 Feature Pack 1

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Yesterday, while busy partying with Microsoft around the new VDI licensing and the additional revenue opportunity that RemoteFX will introduce, Citrix also announced the upcoming Feature Pack 1 for XenDesktop 4.0 (expected before the end of March).

In a corporate blog post, the company detailed the planned features:

  • Streamed user profiles
    XenDesktop 4.0 FP1 will be able to stream user profiles in the same way it does for applications. Citrix reports that access to virtual desktops is 5x faster thanks to this.
  • Integration with Microsoft App-V
    The Feature Pack will introduces the same integration capabilities included in the new XenApp 6.0
  • Support for up to 100,000 concurrent virtual desktop sessions
    FP1 will support up to 100,000 shared virtual desktop sessions concurrently from a single site.

One thing that Feature Pack 1 will not introduce is the connection broker (Desktop Delivery Controller) and the management console support for Windows Server 2008 R2.