Citrix Systems Inc. announced a new release of Citrix XenClient, version 5, which leverages the personalization and profile management technology in Citrix XenDesktop to allow mobile users to seamlessly work across laptops, tablets and smartphones using a hosted or local virtual desktop.

XenDesktop with XenClient and Citrix ShareFile give mobile workers a personalized virtual desktop experience and data synchronization, and also provide IT with centralized control, the company says.

Mobile workers use multiple devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets in the office and on the road and expect their desktop and data to be available wherever they need to work, Citrix says. XenClient, now included as part of XenDesktop, offers a way to unify the mobile worker experience across hosted and local virtual desktops.

XenClient 5 integrates Personal vDisk technology already in XenDesktop to enable personalization, and integrates with ShareFile to sync data across local and hosted virtual desktop environments, Citrix says. The integration of Personal vDisk technology is built into the two core components of XenClient, XenClient Engine (a client hypervisor), and XenClient Synchronizer (which enables IT to centrally manage virtual desktops running locally on PCs as well as manage the devices themselves).

“It’s a multidevice world and managing this heterogeneous environment is driving the client virtualization market to grow to $4.1 billion in 2017,” Brett Waldman, research manager at IDC, said in a statement. “Between corporate-owned and personally-owned, many users today have three to four devices. With the unified profile management updates to XenClient 5, Citrix streamlines the integration with XenDesktop and simplifies the administrator’s processes while improving the user experience as he or she moves between devices.”

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