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CloudReady is now Citrix Ready certified

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CloudReady is now Citrix Ready certified

Hiya CloudReady Fans!


We’re back with another blog post to tell you about an awesome partnership we’ve established.

CloudReady, meet your long-lost cousin (on your father’s side), Citrix Ready!

Neverware has joined forces with Citrix to officially certify CloudReady with Citrix’s suite of solutions, under their Citrix Ready program.

Before jumping into what this means, let’s hit pause for a second and talk about what Citrix is.

What is this Citrix business anyway?

Citrix is the company behind an industry-leading virtualization product, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly known as XenApp and XenDesktop). Virtual Apps and Desktops allows organizations to securely and conveniently use Windows or Linux applications/desktops, running on a remote cloud or on-premises data center resources, and delivered to any end user device, ranging from mobile phone to CloudReady device to Chromebook to Windows PC.
More information here.

What is the Citrix Ready Program?

As defined by Citrix, “Citrix Ready is a partner program that showcases verified partner products trusted to enhance Citrix solutions for mobility, virtualization, networking and cloud platforms. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third-party partners that have successfully met test criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering.”

While CloudReady and Citrix have always worked well together, this partnership takes it one step further, providing additional elements of value to our customers and our product.


So really, why is this partnership important to CloudReady and our customers?

  • It’s not official until it’s on Facebook the Citrix Ready Marketplace.
    CloudReady is now officially defined as a supported operating system in Citrix’s Chrome Devices ecosystem, so that organizations can confidently adopt CloudReady without replacing their hardware or tools.

  • Can you hear me now?
    This partnership has deepened the channel of communication between Neverware and Citrix Product & Support teams, allowing Neverware to be both a strong resource of knowledge and a voice for our customers that are either using or considering using Citrix products.

  • Into the future, and beyond!
    Citrix Ready certification doesn’t only mean mutual product compatibility at this point in time. It also means that all future improvements Neverware & Citrix make to their products will be supported and complimentary.

Why would I want to use Citrix on CloudReady?

Many organizations see the value of CloudReady’s secure, manageable and easy-to-use platform, but dependencies on old or familiar Windows applications stop them from changing their endpoint OS. Things like Andrew from finance’s killer Microsoft Excel macros or Michelle from accounting’s full-version of Quickbooks are the reasons that organizations feel the need to remain on old/legacy platforms.


There’s a solution!

Virtualization tools like Citrix can deliver these applications seamlessly to your CloudReady devices, allowing your users to experience all the great things that come with CloudReady without sacrificing any business-critical functionality. Users and teams that are ready to move to a full cloud experience can do so, while users who still rely on legacy applications can continue to use them via CloudReady and Citrix’s highly secure and manageable environment. The combination of Windows applications running in Citrix’s seamless window mode, with CloudReady’s local, multimedia-rich browsing and web application experience, is sure to change the way you think about end user computing.

 

Microsoft Excel running seamlessly on CloudReady via Citrix.


 
 
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Side Note:

Our Product Team is working hard to further improve the experience of Windows apps on CloudReady. Want to help us mold the next-generation of end user computing?

 


How did we achieve Citrix Ready certification?

The CloudReady operating system was run through an exhaustive list of test criteria that validate the robust Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops features, specifically on CloudReady devices. Things like graphics performance, multi-monitor support, & peripheral support are all tested to ensure a high standard of functionality across the entire CloudReady operating system.

We can all now sleep soundly at night, assured that we’ve done the testing, research and due diligence to ensure enterprise-ready compatibility with Citrix technology and CloudReady.

Got questions?

Using Citrix on CloudReady or Chrome OS already? We’d love to hear from you! Reach out here.

 

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Quiz: Are you CloudReady?

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Quiz: Are you CloudReady?

Our friend (and fellow Google enthusiast) JR Raphael published a piece over at Computerworld intended to help people get to the bottom of a question that’s near and dear to our hearts:

Is Chrome OS right for you?

In his post, JR posed three questions that readers could answer to learn if they were ready to make the move to Chromebooks, noting that people are always asking him if Chromebooks might be right for their needs.

Although JR’s post was seemingly targeted more at consumers, we often hear a similar question from decision-makers and influencers at organizations that are considering making the move to CloudReady.

We thought that providing some additional context to the questions in JR’s quiz could be helpful for people considering a similar question:

Are you CloudReady? Take the quiz.
 

Is

CloudReady Horizontal Logo (1).png

right for you?

1. Do you spend most of your time using the web and web-centric services?

JR’s first question really gets to the heart of the matter. If your school or business (or even a specific team or OU within your organization) spends most of their working time in a browser, particularly if they’re using a productivity suite such as G Suite or Office 365 online, CloudReady’s a homerun for you. You’ll benefit from the speed you get thanks to the lightweight OS, and IT teams will love the inherent security and protection from malware and viruses...not to mention the ability to manage all your CloudReady devices using the Google Admin console.

You may think you need a MacBook Pro, but you don’t. Just today, our senior project manager walked over and said, ‘Hey, I want one of those Chromebooks.’ He was excited about using it because he doesn’t need anything else but a web browser. This is lighter in software and lighter physically.
— Marc Dantona, Kiva.org
 
 


2. Do you have specific local programs that you absolutely need, or could most of the things you do on a computer be accomplished with web-centric equivalents — along with Android and/or Linux apps to fill in any gaps?

The second question in JR’s Chrome OS quiz highlights an important piece of any transition: change management.

As we alluded to in the previous response, there will always be groups of people who are more ready than others to make the jump to using CloudReady or Chrome OS simply because it’s designed to work the way they do now—not the way people worked ten or fifteen or even twenty years ago. Something we like to say: If you could design an OS, you’d design CloudReady.

In some cases, though, users might have to make some minor adjustments to the way they work...whether it’s transitioning to the online versions of apps, as JR mentioned, or using a virtual desktop infrastructure like Citrix or VMware to access legacy apps in order to maintain an expected level of user experience and functionality.

(And for all you consumers, hobbyists, and tinkerers out there, CloudReady Home Edition offers additional functionality to help with the app gap, including experimental Docker support, Flatpaks for Linux apps, VirtualBox, and Crostini.)

With CloudReady, we can connect to our VDI environment, yet if we lose connection, we still have a functional device.
— Nicholas Winnie, Questar Assessment


3. Try living only in the Chrome browser on your PC for a week, without opening any local programs. How does it feel?

The final question is where CloudReady really shines, and where the difference between CloudReady and Chromebooks becomes very clear.

As JR outlined, you can simulate the Chrome OS experience using only the Chrome browser on your existing computer—although he admits it’s a less than optimal approach, since it ignores a lot of the OS’s key benefits, including faster boot times and streamlined updates.

To truly test the full experience, you can either:

1. Pay out of pocket for a Chromebook; or

2. Install CloudReady on existing Mac or PC hardware for free


Try CloudReady Now

If you’re still not sure if CloudReady is right for you, we get it—and we’re here to help. Because the beauty of CloudReady is that you’re getting all the benefits of Chrome OS, but on the hardware you choose...whether that’s a computer you already have, a school lab full of aging devices, a fleet of computers your business has had in service for couple of years, or highly specialized form factors you need to do business.


Curious to see what using CloudReady would be like for your school or business?

Sign up for a trial and install it on a few machines to gauge whether it meets your needs. Or just install it on a secondary laptop for a week to see what you think about it.


Not sure you’re ready for a full trial?

Not a problem. Create a CloudReady USB installer and use it to live boot your existing computer to see what the CloudReady experience is like.

 

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CloudReady USB Maker Updates

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CloudReady USB Maker Updates

 

Hey CloudReady Fans!

We’ve released a new version of the CloudReady USB Maker today. The new version has a couple of helpful features and some fixes for an improved user experience.

Release Notes

  • Format CloudReady USB installers after done installing: Unlike the default Windows format feature, this new Welcome screen option preserves the storage capacity of the USB device.

  • Removal of USB device format prompt: Windows will no longer prompt users to format the device after USB installer creation.

  • Fixed: When running the USB maker a second time, "What's next?" text incorrectly displays during the USB installer creation step.

About the CloudReady USB Maker

The CloudReady USB Maker is a Windows application (.exe) that you can download directly from Neverware to guide you through the process of creating a CloudReady USB installer.

Current customers, or those with a trial of CloudReady, can get the USB Maker by logging in to my.neverware.com and visiting their Downloads tab.

Users of the Home Edition can find the latest version here.

As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

Have questions at Home? Visit the forums!

Need help at school or work? Support's here to help. 

Need help installing?

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Bringing back CloudReady VM in VMware OVA format

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Bringing back CloudReady VM in VMware OVA format

 

Greetings CloudReady VM Fans,

We're pleased to announce that a VMware OVA appliance of CloudReady: Home Edition is once again available for download!

The update to version 57 of CloudReady involved a major under-the-hood graphics change to a new graphics stack called Freon. Freon provides a host of performance improvements,  as well as providing some future-proofing and reduced likelihood of bugs by keeping CloudReady more aligned with Chrome OS.  Unfortunately, Freon also broke CloudReady’s ability to run as a VM in VirtualBox or VMware environments.  After considerable development work and testing, the CloudReady: Home Edition v59 appliance is now available for download below.

 

CloudReady v59.3 VMware OVA appliance

VMware Player (Windows & Linux, free for personal use)

 

As always, this VM is provided as a convenience should still be considered experimental and unsupported. CloudReady is designed to run best when fully-installed on certified models, so we don’t offer a VM of our supported Education and Enterprise Editions of CloudReady, and we encourage everyone to use CloudReady VMs only for experimental and/or temporary purposes. You're also welcome to join the conversation on this topic in our user community.

 

The situation for running CloudReady using VirtualBox has proved more complex. VM use of CloudReady has been popular in a way we did not anticipate, so we wanted to get a working version available as soon as possible, starting with the VMWare download, but we know there are folks out there who prefer VirtualBox. We hope to follow with a solution for as well soon..  

Have fun and send bug reports!

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CloudReady USB Maker Now Available for Education and Enterprise Editions!

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CloudReady USB Maker Now Available for Education and Enterprise Editions!

 

Hey CloudReady Fans!

A few weeks ago we started testing a new tool for our Home Edition users: the CloudReady USB Maker. We're excited to be making an updated version of it available today, including for our customers using the Education or Enterprise Editions.

The CloudReady USB Maker is a Windows application (.exe) that you can download directly from Neverware to guide you through the process of creating a CloudReady USB installer.

Current customers, or those with a trial of CloudReady, can get the USB Maker by logging in to my.Neverware.com and visiting their Downloads tab.

Find the USB Maker in my.Neverware.com's Downloads tab, as shown above. 

Find the USB Maker in my.Neverware.com's Downloads tab, as shown above. 

Users of the Home Edition can find the latest version here, as before.

The CloudReady install guide has also been updated to include this new tool, so you can still count on finding all the info you need to install there.

We hope that the USB Maker will be the next step forward in making it easy for anyone to try CloudReady. As always, your feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

 

Education & Enterprise Users - Need help? 

Contact support!

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Announcing new My Neverware features!

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Announcing new My Neverware features!

 

Hey CloudReady fans,

We have some exciting improvements to our My Neverware customer portal that we're excited to share.

My Neverware Tour

  • We're launching a tour of My Neverware! The goal is to make sure we communicate the benefits of the portal to all users right up front. So give it a spin! Whether you're new to My Neverware or a pro, we think you'll get some value from the tour. And once you're finished, feel free to go to your user profile and select the checkbox to restart it again.

Dashboard

  • We want to provide our customers with a place for news and announcements and communicate relevant changes more effectively. We are starting with a section for Release Announcements but plan on rolling out more content for the section in the future.
dashboard

New login wallpaper

  • Now, when you go to sign in to My Neverware, you'll be greeted with the same friendly wallpaper offered on CloudReady devices.
login_wallpaper

Device hardware name

  • We added a column to the Devices list to show the hardware model of the device. Just a heads up, these names are populated by your device's OEM - so we are limited in our ability to change them. We hope this adds a nice piece of identifiable information to your Device list.
device_list_hardware_name

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