Coming Soon from VMware – Windows Apps to Any Device

Linda Smith is a contributor for the Global Knowledge UK blog. For more courses and information, visit Global Knowledge UK.

As we prepare to attend VMworld in Copenhagen next week, the recent Las Vegas event was the showcase for a number of important announcements. One presentation in particular which really caught the eye was a glimpse at technology the company is developing that will enable users to access Windows applications regardless of the type of device they are using or its operating system.

VMware chief technology officer Steve Herrod used the event to demonstrate technology that enables IT managers to simply provision applications — such as Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet software — to employees for use on iPads, Android phones, as well as their Windows desktops.

The updated Horizon Application Manager was shown; previously it had only let users run cloud-based applications, but it will now support Windows applications regardless of the type of device or the underlying operating system. Alongside this the ThinApp Factory was also demonstrated, which allows users to pick among the applications that their IT departments make available to them. Companies can stitch those together with VMware’s Horizon Mobile to make those applications easy to use on portable devices. The indications are that devices running Horizon Mobile will be coming from LG and Samsung, among others, in the coming months.

These developments represent a potential seed-change in the relationship between the IT department and the users it supports, a point reinforced by Herrod who said “The world has changed… from when IT managers doled out applications to PCs, which were then handed to employees. VMware is introducing technology that lets those managers apply policy based on humans rather than devices.”

Reposted with permission from the Global Knowledge UK blog.

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