VMware releases a native View PC-over-IP client for the Apple iPad

VMware just announced availability of a PC-over-IP-based View client for the Apple iPad. It's just now become available in the Apple App Store, so I'll be downloading it this week to try out. In the meantime, I was able to sit down with VMware's director of end-user computing clients Pat Lee to get an overview of the client:

Also check out some screenshots that VMware posted to Flickr.

Highlights of the VMware View client for iPad include:

  • Available now, for free
  • This is View client. It's not the Horizon client that VMware showed at VMworld
  • iPad-only, no iPhone/iPod Touch support
  • PCoIP only, no RDP support. (Although you can still use Wyse PocketCloud if you want RDP from an iPad to a View environment.)
  • PCoIP works well, even for YouTube, etc.
  • Does not support multitasking, so you have to reconnect if you switch to a different app
  • Supports the new View 4.6 Security Server
  • Supports two-factor authentication
  • Supports the iPad 1 and is expected to support the iPad 2 without problems
  • In the future, VMware will think about View clients for Android, but their belief is the tablet is the proper interface so that's where they'll focus.

Bridget Botelho wrote a story about the View client for the iPad over on SearchVirtualDesktop.com, so check it out for more information.

[UPDATE: Here's a link to the admin guide and release notes for the View client for iPad.]

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Hi Brian,

Thanks for the review.  I am not a big fan of the iPad but many of our employees are.  I hope that VMware does release an Android application or one for the Blackberry Pad in the future.  


Yeah, works really well... NOT.. He's able to connect once, then never gets back in. #FAIL.

And no multitasking support? Dude, that's been in since IOS4...

Also love to see how you are gonna "connect from everywhere" without SSL support..

Nice try , but no..I'll stick with Wyse Pocketcloud and Citrix's solutions.. even Quest's solution is better..


Oh whoopsie, my bad...multitasking in iOS 4.0 for iPhone, not iPad as 4.0 wasnt there for iPad.. then again, still no excuse NOT to have multitasking support..especially since the guy that coded it for VMWare also coded it for Citrix, lol..


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View iPad client ? wow !!!! Terrific !!!!

Wait a minute... 1 year after iPad release, no universal binaries for iPad/iPhone, no SSL for easy remote access (check previous BM post) ...

If it is just to get RDP client, there is couple of much better one available for free...

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