VMware bringing its virtual desktops to Mac, Linux

VMware starts to take Mac and Linux more seriously by expanding its solutions to connect these platforms to Windows virtual desktops.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

It's a big product day over at VMware, which is expanding its VMware View client for Windows to also deliver virtual desktops over to Mac and Linux.

VMware View is a virtual desktop solution for enterprises that is designed to simplify desktop administration and management using a end-user computing architecture. The goal is then to have a central system that gives IT more control but still gives end users some freedom.

Two other major selling points, according to VMware, is that View is supposed to help improve security while lowering operating costs.

Here's a couple of highlights as to what we can expect from these new VMware View Clients :

  • VMware View clients for Mac and Linux are tightly integrated with the VMware View 4.6 and 5.0 for easier setup and connectivity, and it should reconnect to your desktop in a few steps.
  • VMware View clients with PCoIP are supposed to provide end-users with a richer desktop experience, regardless of network conditions.
  • It's designed from the ground up with optimization for Mac OS X Lion with support for swipes on the trackpad and Lion full screen mode.
  • VMware View client for Linux will be available to download from the Ubuntu Software Center later this month for easier installation.

VMware is especially targeting education customers with these new options, touting VMware View to enable campus IT organizations to better support users on many more mobile devices (i.e. tablets as well as laptops) and ensuring that students have immediate access to their applications on these gadgets.

Additionally, VMware is updating its tablet View Clients for the iPad and Android, notably with new support for the Kindle Fire.


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