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VMware Horizon View Clients 2.1 Update

by Ben Chong, Product Management End-User Computing

VMware® has updated the Horizon View™ Windows client to 5.4, and introduced version 2.1 of the Linux, Mac, Android, iOS and Windows Store clients. These updates offer improvements in printing, multimedia and mobile accessibility.

No-fuss Printing

The Linux and Mac clients now support the same virtual printing capability that our Windows client has had for some time: the list of local printers that have been configured on the Horizon View client endpoint is shared with or redirected to the Horizon View desktop. These local printers can be directly attached USB or network printers on a home or branch office network. The user does not have to install drivers on the Horizon View desktop or dedicate the printer to one environment or the other.

This feature is particularly important for remote end users and branch offices. The Horizon View admin does not need to maintain various printer drivers on the Horizon View desktop images and the end user can print to a local printer without extra setup.

Microsoft Lync for Microsoft Windows 8

We announced support for Microsoft Lync calls from a Horizon View desktop in March. At that time, the only configuration available was a Windows 7 client system with a Windows 7 Horizon View desktop. With the Horizon View Client for Windows version 5.4, we now also support Windows 8 client systems.

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VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2

by Tony Huynh, Product Management, End-User Computing

Today, VMware is excited to announce that VMware® Horizon View™ 5.2 Feature Pack 2 is generally available.  With this latest feature pack, customers have access to a comprehensive set of new features that enable new rich-media use cases.  The two new features being introduced in Feature Pack 2 are “Real-Time Audio-Video” and “Flash URL Redirection” for live webcast video.

Real-Time Audio-Video

The “Real-Time Audio-Video” feature is a complementary technology to previously released Unified Communications (UC) solutions from Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft and Mitel.  “Real-Time Audio-Video” enables Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) users to have broader application support for real-time audio and video when using devices such as microphones and webcams on their local clients.  Moreover, the new feature provides significant performance improvements and improved HID compatibility.  By encoding audio and video using industry standard codecs, the upstream bandwidth for a single webcam session can be reduced by up to 100x versus using general USB redirection for webcams.

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VMware at Enterprise Connect

by Geoffrey Murase, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager, End-User Computing

Enterprise Connect is happening this week and is probably the biggest conference focused specifically on the Unified Communications industry.  Leading UC vendors such as Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, and Mitel converge in Orlando, Florida each year to showcase their latest technological developments and share best practices.

VMware has been working closely with UC vendors to bring the benefits of virtualization to the unified communications industry not only on the server side, but on the desktop side as well.  One of the concerns with deploying desktop virtualization for real-time communications is the load that is placed on the datacenter for coding and decoding media.  However, VMware Horizon View has a special API that enables UC vendors to develop plug-ins that redirect media paths directly to endpoints, reducing latency and offloading the processing from the datacenter to the endpoints.  This enables businesses to scale their UC deployments in a virtualized desktop environment.

If you’re attending the show or are in the area, I invite you to attend the “Virtualizing Communications Servers and Clients” breakout session on Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00AM.  A little early in the day but it’ll be worth it!  Participants include:

  • Panelist – Geoff Murase, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager, VMware
  • Panelist – Stephen Brown, Cloud Technologist, Mitel
  • Panelist – Jamie Stark, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation
  • Panelist – Tac Berry, Avaya Senior Product Marketing Manager, Collaboration Platforms, Avaya
  • Moderator – Irwin Lazar, Analyst, Nemertes Research

Enterprise Connect runs from Monday, March 18th through Thursday, March 21st.  Hope to see you there!