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Yesterday there was some exiting news: Microsoft released Office for the iPad! You can now use your well known Office suite on your mobile Apple device. You can download the apps from the Apple AppStore. For using Office on the iPad a Office 365 subscription is necessary. But with the subscription you can’t only use Office on the tablet, you can also use it on up to 5 devices in total including PC’s and Mac’s. By the way, like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, the Android phones and iPhone version is free!
Check the following blog article for more details.
Last week Apple announced and released a lot of stuff. One thing they released was a Developer Preview of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. I am sure many developers and enthusiasts want to try this new release without installing it on their productive Mac systems. And this exactly is one of the many reasons why you should use VMware Fusion. Just run it inside a VM.
Unfortunately installing OS X 10.9 directly from the installer app isn’t working with VMware Fusion 5.0.3 or the Fusion Technology Preview from May 2013. The easiest way it get OS X Mavericks up and running within Fusion is to install OS X 10.8 and then upgrade it to 10.9 using the installer app.
There is also another way of installing OS X 10.9 on VMware Fusion which can be found on Pastebin. While I have tested this solution I found it much more cumbersome then just installing 10.8 and doing an upgrade to 10.9.
Regardless of which way you are choosing for installing OS X 10.9 at the end it runs nice and smooth inside a VM without messing up your production machine.
As a Mac user you might be interested in the latest VMware Fusion & Fusion Professional update to version 5.0.3. This was releases two days ago and is a freely available maintenance release which includes a few bug fixes. Here’s the information from the release notes.
- Added support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB disk drives.
- Improved the cursor performance for select applications, especially when in Unity mode.
- McAfee AntiVirus Plus updated with Windows 8 support.
- Resolved an issue that could result in blurry graphics under certain circumstances.
- Resolved an issue that resulted in horizontal scrolling being reversed in Unity mode.
- Resolved an issue with displaying Office 2013 applications on some recent Macs.
- Improvements to vSockets.
To upgrade to the latest version please use the integrated Fusion updater.
VMware has published the VMware Horizon Workplace app to the Apple AppStore.
Source (Screenshots): Apple AppStore
VMware Horizon Workspace for iOS enables secure, anywhere access to files, applications and View Desktops from any device. To use VMware Horizon Workspace you need an account on your company’s internal VMware Horizon Workspace system, please contact your system administrator for details.
*View all your files from your other computers and devices.
*Collaborate with people within or external to your organization.
*Upload new and manage your files and folders.
*View files even when offline.
*Access your enterprise applications from anywhere.
*Once device is authorized, no need to remember extra passwords.
*Open your View Desktop with HTML Access or View Client for iOS.
*Easily manage your device and data, including the ability to remote wipe from a central web console.
*Works with iOS 6.x and above
Apple has just released the new version of it’s MacOS operating systems called Mountain Lion and of course the VMware View Client for Mac 1.5 is already compatible with it. A new function in Mountain Lion verifies the identity of a software developer and checks if a packet is signed. This is called Gatekeeper. You can directly download the 1.5 client from this page: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_view_clients/1_0.
Image source: http://blogs.vmware.com/.a/6a00d8341c328153ef016768be9dda970b-650wi
VMware yesterday released a new version of VMware Fusion, their virtualization solution for the Apple operating system. You can download the version at the download website. Fusion 3.1 has a huge number of new features which can found in the “What’s new section”. Additionally to the new features their are improvements for graphics, boot camp and pc migrations. Also Fusion 3.1 supports 10 more operating systems.
Tablet PC’s are not new to me – no I’m a proud IBM Thinkpad x61T user for over 3 years. When I’ve bought the tablet my objective was to write notes with the digitizer and do interactive presentations i.e. whiteboardings, directly on a blank Powerpoint presentation. People who attended my presentations were amazed about this presentation style because it was unique to them. I’ve seen Tablet PC’s really rarely in the past but I guess that will change soon. Apple lately started to roust the market when they announced the iPad, a tablet which can be used just with your fingers without any need for a digitizer. Well there is a onscreen keyboard but no digitizer, the reason for me to buy a Tablet PC years ago. It seems that vendors must have another objective as mine. Even the processing power in an iPad is not comparable to a standard PC but to be honest it doesn’t need to be because it’s designed to consume web services – no, to be clear here: applications hosted in the cloud! There are other hardware vendors who want to get a piece of the big cake! Last week, the CIO magazine published an article with the headline: Rumor: Cisco Wants to Come to the Tablet Party. A tipster hinted that Cisco is working on it’s own tablet device which is based on Google’s Android operating system. It should include a front facing camera, dual noise-cancelling microphones and VPN access. Cool ha? That sounds really interesting! What could you do with this device? Video conferencing? Having access to your virtual desktop? If this rumour comes truth I’m really looking forward to look deeper into it. It seems that Apple just started to revolutionize the tablet market, the iPad is great marketing for every tablet vendor and also for Software-as-a-Service.