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December 20, 2011

VMware takes View to Kindle Fire, Mac and Linux

New clients for the desktop virtualisation tech add to iPad, Android support

By Jason Stamper

VMware announced new VMware View Clients for Kindle Fire, Mac and Linux, along with updates to its VMware View Clients for Android and iPad.

Offered as technology previews – in other words they’re not actually production ready yet but will be "soon" – the VMware View Clients for Mac and Linux enable IT organisations to empower more agile, productive and connected workforce or school communities according to the firm, by providing an easy-to-access, high-fidelity desktop virtualisation experience optimised for the device of their choice.

"More and more people want the freedom to choose the device that best fits their computing needs in school and into the workplace," said Pat Lee, director, end user clients, VMware. "With the new VMware View Clients, both IT and end users win with a complete, secure and easily accessible virtual desktop on the devices that best meet their needs."

"Fifty-one percent of our faculty computers are Macs and just over 29 percent of our student population uses Macs," said Steve Swartz, CIO and AVP of Technology at Fitchburg State University. "Having a Mac client running VMware View with PCoIP is critical to our ability to extend VDI to these users."

"We’re very excited about this release," added Dale A. Starr, junior associate director, Technology Support & Service, Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts – Amherst. "We’ve recently started deploying Mac computers in a managed configuration. One of the sticking points that users are commonly running into is software that only runs on Windows. It will be a great benefit to have the PCoIP client for Mac."

VMware View is a virtual desktop solution that offers organisations a centrally hosted computing model, claimed to provide IT with greater control and end users with freedom to access to their desktop across the broadest set of devices.

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