VMware Horizon Client for iOS makes it easy to work on your VMware Horizon virtual desktop and hosted applications from your iPhone or iPad, giving you on-the-go access from any location.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A VMware Horizon virtual desktop or hosted application is required to use the VMware Horizon Client for iOS. Contact your IT department for further assistance.
ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE
The VMware Blast Extreme protocol used with Horizon 7 is designed and optimized for mobile users. Blast Extreme leverages H.264 hardware decoding to deliver the best remote experience while reducing power consumption.
LEAVE THE DESKTOP BEHIND WITH HOSTED APPLICATIONS
VMware Horizon 6 and later supports hosted applications in addition to virtual desktops. With hosted applications, leave the desktop behind and run applications like local iOS apps.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Unity Touch bridges the gap between your touch screen and your Windows applications. With Unity Touch, you can easily browse, search, and open Windows applications & files, choose favorite applications and files, and switch between running applications all without the Start Menu or Task Bar.
With an external monitor or AirPlay, your iPhone or iPad display turns into a trackpad / keyboard while the external screen shows your VMware Horizon desktop.
The adaptive capabilities of the Blast Extreme and PCoIP display protocol make your virtual desktop fast and responsive regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or over a cellular connection at a local café.
SECURE FROM ANY LOCATION
Whether you’re at your desk or away from the office, you’re always secure with VMware Horizon. Leverage smart card authentication with the Biometric Associates baiMobile 301MP smart card reader. Use the integrated RSA soft token for simpler access.
Individual users of the VMware Horizon Client for iOS should contact their internal IT help desk or visit http://www.vmware.com/go/view. Only Support Administrators listed on a Basic or Production Support contract for VMware Horizon may log a service ticket with VMware Technical Support
• Pen redirection enhancements - With the VMware Blast display protocol, Windows drawing app features, such as variable line thicknesses based on pen pressure and tilt, are supported.
• Longer time out - The Horizon session will stay open up to 3 minutes even if the iOS screen lock kicks in.
Ratings and Reviews
Promising, but lacks the basics for productivity
It connects very well and has great support for touch. The trackpad feature works great as well as being able to pinch to zoom on my desktop without affecting my work.
However (and it’s a big one), the app will not currently recognize an external keyboard’s Delete, Page Up/Down, Alt, Home, Insert, End, NumLock, or ANY of the Function (F1-F12) keys. Also, when attempting to use any key combination that includes the Alt key, it will not recognize the following keystroke as the appears that the Alt keystroke is being repeated instead of held down for a combination. Finally, not all Ctrl combinations work with an external keyboard (such as Ctrl+Enter). The only way to do any of these unsupported functions/key commands is to use the onscreen keyboard which is split between multiple menus and grids my production to a screeching halt.
Native support for an external mouse (USB or Bluetooth, only to control the Windows cursor) will need to be implemented as well for this to be a fully functional version of VM Ware.
I cannot use this app until it is updated to FULLY support an external keyboard with all of it’s possible commands and functions (the way it works on any other Remote Desktop app). Avoid until updated.
Close, But Needs Work
The good stuff first: Yes, this works with the Magic Keyboard, including its trackpad. What some reviewers who have said the opposite don’t realize is that you need to *disable* “Windows Native Touch Gestures” the app’s internal preferences. Why you need to do this is beyond me, and there’s no explanation of this anywhere in the app, but that’s the answer.
Still problematic, however, is: (1) the fact that the app has weird on-screen widgety elements that cover parts of the Windows interface (super-annoying and unnecessary, especially on a small screen), (2) the fact that many normal keyboard combinations don’t work (even basic things such as shift-selecting multiple items in a list), (3) the fact that the preferences are so non-descriptive as to be useless, (4) the fact there is no “cancel” optio if the virtual environment is failing to load, and (5) the fact that the app for some reason has to reload your virtual environment if you leave for just a few minutes to use a different app. There should be a way to keep it in memory all the time when the app is open.
But can I get my work done on an 11” iPad screen with a Magic Keyboard? Yes, I can, and that’s pretty great. Just fix the above issues, please.
More Unnecessary Screen Clutter
I’m really disliking the new version. The two screen widgets (left side bar and movable overlay radial menu) were already annoying in that you couldn’t disable them if you were using a keyboard and Swiftpoint mouse. Now with the new version, they also added in a strip at the bottom for function keys that I can’t disable.
Its all fine and well to offer these touch menus for folks that want them, but please give people some kind of option to clear all the garbage off the screen so they can have a clean remote session with all of the available pixels used for the desktop, without navigating around bars and bubbles that chew up real estate and always manage to find their way into an inconvenient location where you are constantly shuffling them around.
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- VMware, Inc.
- 22.4 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.