VMware launches View for Kindle Fire

VMware launches View for Kindle Fire

Summary: By supplying VMware View for the Kindle Fire, there's a small bet that the device could be used in the enterprise at some point.


VMware said that it launched new VMware View clients for Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Mac and Linux. The company also updated VMware View for Android and the iPad.

The most notable item in that mix is VMware View for the Kindle Fire. VMware View brings Windows desktops to various devices and can mix and match environments on various systems. Overall, VMware is launching four View clients. In a blog post, VMware outlined the following:

  • Tech Preview of the View Client with PCoIP for Mac OS X
  • 'Tech Preview of the View Client with PCoIP for Linux
  • VMware View Client 1.3 for iPad
  • VMware View Client 1.3 for Android

By supplying VMware View for the Kindle Fire, there's a small bet that the device could be used in the enterprise at some point. VMware said that VMware View will be available in Amazon's app store.

In a statement, VMware said that it is targeting education as well as other industries and enterprises supporting both OS X and Windows. The latest VMware View is optimized for Mac OS X Lion and featured in the Ubuntu software center.

Topics: Virtualization, Hardware, VMware

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  • Small bet????? more like no bet.

    You didn't give any reasoning as to why enterprise would choose the fire over any other android tablet or the ipad.

    My guess is that there isn't any - they wouldn't.
    • RE: VMware launches View for Kindle Fire

      @wendellgee@... <br>'cause it's dirt cheap............<br><br>Esp. as it will be designed to easy to leverage into upselling Amazon Web Services (AWS) too................

      A Corporate 'game over' for everyone but Apple.
  • Business might not choose it ..

    ... but it will be there as part of the "bring your own computing" changes - just as business users have personal Android and Apple iPhones etc.

    There is a tipping point here - smartphones and tablets are becoming sufficiently ubiquitous that they are considered to be "tools of the job". Unlike laptops which mostly ran native applications and required a lot of corporate maintenance, smartphones, tablets etc have sufficient of a disconnect that they can be supported with little corporate IT. Virtualisation and especially desktop and application virtualisation separate the client from the corporate backend more cleanly.

    This is why the Windows 8 (HTML5/CSS/Javascript) + changes to RDP (to give better application virtualisation) + Windows 8 on ARM + Windows Phone + Nokia shows that far from being behind the game, Microsoft actually has a strategic plan and has identified where business technology trends are going to take us.

    Within a few years, none of us will care (apart from personal preferences) what our front end is - phone, tablet, e-reader, laptop, PC nor what architecture and processor it is.

    There are large numbers of "line of business" applications that require a cheap portable, long (i.e. 8 hours+) front end. The back end, in the past dedicated servers, is moving through server virtualisation and eventually a mixture of public and private cloud.
  • Daas - Desktop as a Service

    I've been waiting for someone to put a toe in the water for the concept of a desktop-as-a-service. There have been some proprietary efforts (HTML desktops via the web, etc.), but a full-featured desktop that users are familiar with ... seems like the IT planets have aligned to make that reasonable now.

    And with Views, you don't even lose 3D and multimedia capability.