By Mark Ewert, Lead Technologist – Competitive Marketing, EUC, VMware
It’s been a year since we added support for Hosted Applications to Horizon and what a year it has been! The industry excitement has been invigorating. We have had tremendous interest from organizations of all shapes and sizes; and the excitement keeps growing with each new release.
Just a few of the features we have added over the last year include:
- Client Drive Redirection and File Associations
Users can now share folders and drives on their local client systems with hosted applications and desktops. Hosted Applications also now supports file associations. File associations automatically connect the client to the correct hosted application when a user opens or double-clicks an associated file type. Both of these features help provide a great user experience, making it easy for users to quickly access the files and data they need.
- HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps
Hosted Apps now supports HTML Access. Users can now connect to Hosted Apps and Desktops from clients that simply have HTML 5 support, including most modern web browsers. This new capability has also been extended to multi-site Cloud Pod Architecture deployments, enabling organizations to implement the largest Hosted App infrastructures.
- 3D Graphics Support
The 3D vDGA and GRID vGPU graphics solutions for Horizon VDI desktops have been extended to Hosted Apps. Now you simply need to deploy the app instead of entire desktop to support graphics-intensive applications.
- Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS Desktops
Windows Media MMR is now supported for videos playing on RDS desktops. MMR offloads video processing from the hosted desktop to the user’s client device to support high quality video without sapping expensive server resources.
And you can watch this video to see a demonstration of the great user experience provided by VMware Hosted Applications: