I'll admit I'm completely confused. When Citrix announced that they would be changing the name of Presentation Server to XenApp, I really applauded them. What I don't understand is why they decided to "retroactively" also rename the old, EXISTING versions of Presentation Server products to "XenApp" as well.
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The existing "Presentation Server 4.5" is now being called "XenApp 4.5." But the product documentation calls it Presentation Server 4.5. And the product screens and install is called Presentation Server 4.5. And "Presentation Server 4.5" is printed on the CD. And the knowledgebase refers to it Presentation Server 4.5. And the support forums still call it Presentation Server 4.5.
But the website refers to XenApp 4.5. And the tech videos about PS 4 and PS 4.5 were renamed to XenApp.
What I thought the "XenApp" name was for:
We all know that the next version of Presentation Server is codenamed "Delaware." While Delaware does introduce a few new features, its main goal is to be a version of Presentation Server that works on Windows Server 2008. (Significant architecture changes mean that the existing Presentation Server 4.5 won't run on Windows Server 2008.)
So my thought was that "XenApp 4.5" was Delaware, which would essentially be "Presentation Server 4.5" for Windows Server 2008. Then in 2009 Citrix would release the codename "Parra" version of the product, probably to be called "XenApp 5" or whatever.
But in fact this is not the case.
What the "XenApp" name is really for:
XenApp is the new name for the entire line of Presentation Server products. XenApp 4.5 is the new name for the old product, and Delaware will be called "XenApp something.else," but not "4.5."
I've been working with Citrix products since 1997. Citrix has done a lot of cool things and a lot of crazy things over the years. But retroactively renaming a product and then referring to it by its new name that never actually existed? This is the stupidest, most bone-headed crazy naive decision they've ever made. ("No please, tell us how you really feel Brian?")
So whatever. The two points I want to make are:
- When you see "XenApp 4.5," that means "Presentation Server 4.5 for Windows Server 2003"
- Even though I love the name "XenApp" moving forward, Citrix did a stupid thing replacing that name on old products too.