iPad VMware View Client Brings Windows to Apple Users

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Want an iPad but need to use Windows on it? VMware View Client for iPad lets mobile workers use the Apple tablet to access Microsoft Windows desktop applications.

VMware View Client for iPad opens broad vistas for enterprise users who want to use an iPad but require access to a Windows desktop. The no-cost View Client for iPad extends VMware's virtual desktop environment to the popular Apple iPad granting users the ability to run Windows apps without the need to carry a PC.

In my tests, accessing a Windows 7 desktop system via a first-generation Apple iPad running iOS 4.3 was both responsive and usable via touch-based gestures. The VMware View client faithfully represented the Windows desktop on Apple's iPad hardware (including Flash animations).

The VMware View Client of iPad works over 3G and WiFi connections. My tests of this first-version release of the View Client for iPad were confined to using our WiFi network. Future tests will compare performance when running over 3G networks.

While the View Client for iPad is available at no cost from the Apple App Store, the underlying VMware View infrastructure is not. In order to use the View client, your organization will need to first make a strategic decision to implement a virtual desktop environment where the Windows client systems are hosted in a data center. For the pros and cons of using VMware View, please see my review here.

IT managers who have a View virtual desktop environment in place will find it a simple task to integrate iPad users. The existing server and data center components including the View Connection Server (the server that brokers connections from users to virtual desktop systems) and the virtual desktops themselves require no changes. iPad users need only download the client and then log on to the Connection Server to gain access to a Windows desktop system.

For more, read the eWEEK article: VMware View Client for iPad Brings Windows to Apple Users