I can tell you that Citrix is continuing to work on this client for the iPhone and that hopefully soon they'll have a client ready and certified for that device. My good buddy Gus Pinto posted up yesterday the explanation and a longer video demo of XP running on the iPhone. You can check out Gus's post here
Now this conversation blends in well with a session that I attended on Tuesday at BriForum on "The Future of Client Computing" with Brian and Martin Ingram of AppSense. This is where we looked at the trends of the industry, where we are today in regards to the technology, and where it will be (probably) in the next four to eight years. Brian made a great statement here that "BriForum 2011 will be a very interesting conference". I couldn't agree more.
When we spoke about where we are now and in three years time we spoke about the increased proliferation of mobility and the ability to have workloads at your user's fingertips either via Smartphone or iPhone or other mobile device. We are here now with most of that, but as we can see by the demo that the Advanced Products Group inside Citrix is pushing the envelope with the methods of access and access to what the user needs (applications, etc).
The expansion of devices that your users are bringing into the enterprise will continue to explode. I can tell you that C-level executives are seeing this and they know that they will provide ways to reduce costs, to improve productivity, and to increase revenues. The majority of executives that I have talked with see Smart phones as mobile clients and when these devices have access to rich internet applications built around Flex, Flash, Mircrosoft's WPF will have a significant impact on the generation of revenue for their companies. You now wrap that into a new model for computing, Virtual Service-Oriented Grids, and you have a very powerful way to change the way a company does business.
I guess only time will tell if any of the things that we talked about during that session will come to fruition, but in my opinion we are on the fast-track.