CitrixSystems Inc.’s strategic focus on the desktop virtualization market becameevident last week when the company announced its latest version of XenDesktop,which expands virtualization capabilities to laptops.

The firstversion of XenDesktop was released in November 2009. The XenDesktop 4Feature Pack 2, scheduled for release in September, includes the new XenClientbare-metal hypervisor and XenVault encryption software.

XenDesktop 4 allows IT departments to broadcast the Windows desktop and Windows applicationsas a service to any device, said Wes Wasson, senior vice-president and chiefmarketing officer at Citrix, in a visit to IT World Canada.

Wassonshowed us how this works in a demo of Citrix’s desktop virtualization solutionon his iPad. In the interview below, Wasson runs Citrix Receiver to use AutoDesk 2.0 (a Windows application) and explains why desktop virtualization makeslife easier for IT departments.

Citrix beat rival VMware Inc. in releasing its bare-metal hypervisor on the market. Read “VMware disses bare-metal desktop hypervisors” for more on this story. 
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