WorxDesktop, is it ShareConnect under the hood?

WorxDesktopThis week I attended the Mobility Master Class from Citrix and one of the features from XenMobile 9.0 (to be release at June 30th) is the Worx-enabled apps. One of those apps that got my attention was WorxDesktop.

WorxDesktop is a solution that will provide access to your desktop from your mobile device via a secure remote access application.

During Citrix Synergy in Anaheim Brad Peterson demoed this functionality during the second keynote and I found this video on YouTube:


As you can see WorxDesktop can access files from your computer, when you open a file you can choose if you want to open it from the local device or from your desktop. Basically you can open an Excel file from your desktop with the local installation of Excel from the WorxDesktop app.

This Mobility Master Class got me thinking about one of the flings Citrix release a couple of weeks ago called ShareConnect. If you want to read up on ShareConnect I suggest you read this blog post from George Kuruvilla, to quote him from his blog:


Citrix released ShareConnect for the iPad, which is another Citrix SaaS offering that allows users to access files and applications on their remote physical PCs. While products like GoToMeeting (Citrix), RemotePC and LogMeIn provided access to remote PC’s, what truly sets ShareConnect in a class of its own is the optimized user experience. At the end of the of the day, as a user, the reason I want to connect back to that physical PC back at my home is to gain access to files or applications.

As you can see ShareConnect leverages an agent installed on the remote machine, you can use your ShareFile account (if you already have ShareFile) to logon to ShareConnect and access your remote desktop.

Comparing these two solutions I’ve come to the conclusion that Citrix made ShareConnect Worx-enabled and called it WorxDesktop to offer this functionality in XenMobile 9.0. With that being said you can already use this functionality by using ShareConnect which is already available as for WorxDesktop it will be first released as Tech Preview.

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Kees Baggerman

Kees Baggerman is a Staff Solutions Architect for End User Computing at Nutanix. Kees has driven numerous Microsoft and Citrix, and RES infrastructures functional/technical designs, migrations, implementations engagements over the years.

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