New VMware View Clients for multiple Platforms

A few days ago VMware released updated View clients for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux and Android. According to the release notes the following enhancements were made to the clients. You can download the updated clients here.

What’s New in View Client for Windows 5.2

  • Windows 8 support – View Client for Windows 5.2 and View Client with Local Mode 5.2 run on Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise client systems in Desktop mode.
  • URI (Uniform resource identifier) support – Simplify the process of logging in to a View desktop for end users by creating a Web or email link they can click to launch View Client and connect to a desktop with specific configuration options. For example, you can create a link that prompts an end user for a password only, and then opens a particular desktop in full screen mode using the PCoIP display protocol.

What’s New in View Client for Linux

  • Ubuntu 12.04 improvements
  • New USB redirection configuration – The USB component is available only with the version of View Client for Linux provided by third-party vendors. With View Client 1.6, administrators can use a configuration file on the client system to specify which USB devices can be redirected to a View desktop. Configuration refinements include filtering mechanisms for including and excluding a device by, for example, vendor ID or product ID.
  • URI (Uniform resource identifier) support – Simplify the process of logging in to a View desktop for end users by creating a Web or email link they can click to launch View Client and connect to a desktop with specific configuration options. For example, you can create a link that prompts an end user for a password only, and then opens a particular desktop in full screen mode using the PCoIP display protocol.

VMware View Client for Android 1.6.x includes the following new features:

  • Support for Jelly Bean
  • – View Client for Android now supports the Android 4.1 operating system.

  • Support for Android phones – Android phones from Samsung, and Android 4.0 and later phones are now supported.
  • Support for Android tablets from VMware Ready partners, including Samsung and Fujitsu – Also supported are the Amazon Kindle Fire and Android 3.x/4.x based tablets.

    View Client 1.6.1 includes improved support for the latest Amazon Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.

  • RSA soft token integration – Now there is no need to leave View Client to support RSA authentication. You can import an RSA software token directly into View Client. Then you need enter only your RSA PIN into View Client when RSA authentication is required. No need for an RSA hardware token or RSA software token utility.
  • Multitasking improvements – View Client 1.6 suspends data transmission when you switch to another app. Data transmission resumes when you switch back to View Client.
  • Home screen shortcuts – You can create a View desktop shortcut for your Android Home screen. Use this shortcut to log in directly instead of tapping the View Client icon.
  • URI (Uniform resource identifier) support – Simplify the process of logging in to a View desktop for end users by creating a Web or email link they can click to launch View Client and connect to a desktop with specific configuration options. For example, you can create a link that prompts an end user for a password only, and then opens a particular desktop in full screen mode.
  • Client-side caching – The PCoIP client-side image cache stores image content in memory to avoid retransmission, providing significant reduction of bandwidth usage. Note that View Agent and View Connection Server must be version 5.0 or later.
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