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Yesterday at MWC Microsoft has announced the Universal Foldable Keyboard. My first though was: “Wow that keyboard looks like a small foldable Surface Type Cover”. The new keyboard is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth so their might be a chance to connect the new device to a Windows tablet too. The video and the photos show a MicroUSB port which should be used for charging. Battery lifetime and pricing was not announced yet.
Great News from the Intune Team at Microsoft. They’ve published a new blog post today saying that an upgraded version with new capabilities is coming this week. To get a full overview of the news please visit the TechNet blog but here’s a Feature view in a nutshell.
- Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console
- Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment
- Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
- Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
- Targeting of policies and apps by device groups
- Ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications
- Enforcement of application install or uninstall
- Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
- Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
- More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
- Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
- Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices
- Ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups
- Updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions
Microsoft has updated all Clients for Yammer including Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android. You’ll get loads of new Features which you can all find on the Yammer blog.
Yesterday VMware release Feature Pack 2 for VMware Horizon View 5.2 which introduces two new features called Real-Time Audio-Video and Flash URL Redirection. It also includes some very useful improvements to Unity Touch.
- Flash URL Redirection - Customers can now use Adobe Media Server and multicast to deliver live video events in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. To deliver multicast live video streams within a VDI environment, the media stream should be sent directly from the media source to the endpoints, bypassing the virtual desktops. The Flash URL Redirection feature supports this capability by intercepting and redirecting the ShockWave Flash (SWF) file from the virtual desktop to the client endpoint.
- Real-Time Audio-Video - Real-Time Audio-Video allows Horizon View users to run Skype, Webex, Google Hangouts, and other online conferencing applications on their virtual desktops. With Real-Time Audio-Video, webcam and audio devices that are connected locally to the client system are redirected to the remote desktop. This feature redirects video and audio data to the desktop with a significantly lower bandwidth than can be achieved by using USB redirection. Real-Time Audio-Video is compatible with standard conferencing applications and supports standard webcams, audio USB devices, and analog audio input.
- Unity Touch improvements - You can now add a favorite application or file from a list of search results, and you can now use the Unity Touch sidebar to minimize a running application’s window. Requires users to connect to their desktops from VMware Horizon View Client for iOS 2.1 or later, or VMware Horizon View Client for Android 2.1 or later.
Also there are several improvements to the View HTML Access feature which now includes localization support for French, German, and Traditional Chinese
To get the lastest features you need to be on version 5.2 of Horizon View and also make sure you use the latest clients on Windows (5.4), iOS and Android (2.1)
Besides the official documentation on the new features I want to highlight two article from Andre Leibovici.
- Understanding Horizon View Flash URL Redirection
- Understanding Horizon View Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)
You can find all information about the new Feature Pack 2 on my.vmware.com or directly via the buttons below.
In Horizon View version 5.2 + View Feature Pack 1 VMware introduced the new Unity Touch feature formally known as Project AppShift. Unity Touch is a very cool integration of Windows apps and documents in the VMware Horizon View Client for iOS and Android devices. In the screenshots you can see the Unity Touch tab which gives the user direct access to their documents or installed applications on the virtual Windows desktop. This is cool as the user doesn’t need to touch on the screen, go to the start menu etc. If you go back to the screenshot, you can see a description “Favorite applications.” At this point the user can define his favorite apps so he doesn’t need to choose “All programs” first to find an application.
So it would also make sense if IT could preconfigure this favorite apps with the most common applications, like Outlook, Word or other productivity tools. In a nutshell it is only editing the Windows Registry on the virtual desktop.
If you want to learn how it works please check this document: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/horizon-view/horizon-view-52-feature-pack-document.pdf
VMware has just published a new part of the VMware Horizon portfolio – VMware Horizon Mail. VMware Horizon Mail is a new native Android collaboration application that allows you to access corporate email, calendar, contacts and tasks. This application was previously available as a VMware fling. Now you can find it on Google Play. The app will be the default email/PIM client for VMware Horizon Mobile. Horizon Mail supports any Microsoft ActiveSync compliant email server and also the VMware Zimbra Collaboration Server.
These are the highlights:
- Comprehensive capabilities for Email, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks
- Best-in-market support for VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite with features such as Briefcase, Saved Searches, etc.
- Clean, elegant but powerful user interface
- Create widgets to access email, contacts and calendar from home screen
- Conversation mode
- Comprehensive folder support with ability to automatically sync individual folders
- Local and server-based search
- Integrate with native PIM to view personal and “work” Contacts and Calendar together
- Support for ActiveSync policies such as PIN, etc.
- Support for certificate-based authentication and S/MIME for encrypted emails
- Enabled for multi-window capability on select devices
- GAL search
Image source: http://cto.vmware.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/3.png
More details can be found at the VMware CTO Blog.
It seems that VMware has published the first release of Horizon Mobile yesterday. Follow the link below to find the release notes and a download via MyVMware. The release includes three main products: VMware Horizon Mobile Manager, VMware Base Workspace Image and the VMware Switch application.
With VMware Horizon Mobile you can securely provision and manage corporate mobile workspaces on Android based smartphones. The solution offers you a dual-persona for splitting business and private data and helps the enterprise to establish employee-owned mobile devices.
With the VMware Horizon Mobile Manager enterprises can take control of the mobile ecosystem, manage the virtual machine with the business relevant data, get statistics and provision software to their company phones.
Please visit the VMware website for more information: http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop_virtualization/mobile/overview.html
This release delivers a solution for Android phones but back at VMworld 2012 VMware already introduced VMware Horizon Mobile for iOS. It will be interesting times!
Link: https://www.vmware.com/support/horizon_mobile/doc/horizon-mobile-12-release-notes.html (Release Notes)
A few days ago I got the chance to put my hands on a brand new Fujitsu M532 tablet which is running Android OS. A shiny device which is pretty fast and running the VMware View Client by default.
The Fujitsu M532 has the following characteristics:
- 10″ Screen 25,6cm WXGA 16:10 1280×800 Pixels
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor at 1.3 GHz
- 1 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Card Reader, Dual Webcam
- HDMI, 1 x USB, WLAN, 3G, GPS & Bluetooth
- 8,5h Battery
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
As a Apple junkie I was positively surprised about the quality and speed of the M532. This may come from the bad experience I had with a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone as this was way to slow. For me it seems that the the M532 is a great device for traveling as it has a weight of only 560g. With a optional docking station you can connect even 2 more USB devices to the tablet. Via the HDMI port you could connect a standard screen and use the tablet as a thin client for View.
The tablet comes in tiny box with a power adapter and a screen wipe as you can see on the two photos. When I turned the M532 on the setup was straight forward. Of course it asked me for a Google Account but this was not a requirement and I skipped it for now. On the Next photo you can see how thin the tablet is, just compared it to the USB port.
Compared to my old Sony X10 working with the new Android 4.0 was very comfortable, to be honest – I liked it.
Working with a tablet is great but what if it comes to business applications which are only running on Windows? VDI or Terminal Services is the answer but yes, for me the answer is VDI. The M532 comes with a pre installed VMware View Client for Android. The configuration was easy as with every View client. I’ve added my credentials and could connect to my hosted desktop at Terremark.
I played around with the View Client which is fully comparable to the iPad client in my eyes. The video quality was brilliant, it seems that the processor is quite powerful. Watch this quick video from VMworld about Octopus and AppBlast.
This brings me to the next topic! Octopus and AppBlast! Those two would be a great additional feature to the M532. On one hand I could securely sync all the data I want from my other devices or my home drive to the tablet and on the other hand could run all my apps in the web browser instead of using the VMware View Client. This would even be more easier for the end user.
I’ve tested the M532 also with my Horizon AppManager account and like with the iPad or iPhone the website of Horizon is customized for Android.
The M532 is a great device for business. With the WLAN and 3G connection it is possible to work almost everywhere.
I’m wondering if customers really use tablet computers in the field in masses today or if this is more a BYOD thing and every employee is deciding which device they want to go with?