It appears that Citrix is going to release version 4 of the MetaFrame Access Suite any day now. Most likely this will occur at the annual Citrix Strategy Day meeting in New York City next Tuesday. (Update: Since I first posted this article I have been invited to attend Citrix Strategy Day.)
Citrix released version 3 of the MetaFrame Access Suite at this same meeting in April 2004, and they have not released any updates (major or minor) since then. Since a year of Subscription Advantage is now mandatory with all Access Suite purchases Citrix really needs to release a product at least once a year or else they run the risk of upsetting people who were forced into buying the maintenance program. Therefore an April 26 release of MetaFrame version 4 really makes sense.
MetaFrame Presentation Server version 4 will include several major new features, including performance enhancements, a new printing engine, and a brand-new Web Interface and Secure Gateway. Version 4 will also mark the release of the "SmartAccess" set of technologies that will more tightly link Presentation Server and Secure Access Manger.