Now that Horizon 6 is out and people (like me) have been talking about how it's the first major competition to Citrix XenApp, people (again like me) have been wondering: How do you print from this thing?
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VMware did a deal with ThinPrint for View, but as far as I can tell that doesn't extend into this Horizon 6 / RDSH / app publishing world. I know that VMware said they were planning on iterating quickly when it comes to Horizon 6, but really I wonder what they can do apart from integrating ThinPrint? And at that point, does it just make sense to buy ThinPrint? There's an argument to be made that what ThinPrint offers is virtual printing—any print job to any printer from anywhere. ThinPrint is a pure-play software company, so no worries about VMware having to get into the hardware business. And VMware already demonstrated with Wanova and Horizon Mirage that they'll go after tangential markets to virtualization. So why not printing?
The only catch is that ThinPrint is owned by Cortado. (At least I think that's how it works. Or ThinPrint spun off the Cortado brand which become the name of the parent company?) Anyway, Cortado is more of a full-fledged EMM company, so it seems like VMware wouldn't need them on the heels of buying AirWatch. But maybe there's a way VMware can at least get ThinPrint from them?
What are the alternatives? Tricerat? UniPrint? (UniPrint might be a good fit since they only offer printing. Plus they already have something called "printing virtualization" so they're half way there!)
What do you think? How important is printing to you? Does it need to be built into the platform? Is this holding VMware back?