VMware touts virtual Windows desktops for the iPad

VMware has introduced a free View client for Apple’s wildly popular iPad. Currently available in the App Store, the client allows users to remotely access their virtual Windows desktops, applications and data. 

“The growing popularity of the iPad in business presents a new opportunity for enterprise IT organizations to empower their mobile workforces by providing users with anytime access to business critical apps on the go,” explained VMware exec Christopher Young.

“With VMware View Client for iPad, employees and enterprises get a win-win combination – a complete, secure virtual desktop solution they trust, paired with the unique touch interface of the iPad employees have come to love.”

According to Young, the industry is experiencing a “growing use” of the iPad in the lucrative enterprise sector.

For example, Children’s Hospital Central in California recently deployed VMware View to provide secure, “Follow-me Desktops,” that move from room-to-room with clinicians and staff as they treat their patients.

“The iPad could fundamentally change the way our clinicians and staff approach their IT needs,” said Kirk Larson, CIO, Children’s Hospital Central California. 

“With VMware View Client for iPad, our caregivers can have the freedom to access a patient’s electronic medical records anywhere in the hospital via an iPad on a secure VMware View desktop. This could not only improve patient care but may enable us to dramatically reduce costs and simplify device management.”

Additional VMware View Client specs include:

  • Multi-touch support and on-screen track pad.
  • Secure, instant-on Windows desktops.
  • WiFi or 3G.
  • Device and iOS support for the iPad keyboard dock, Bluetooth keyboards and iPad VGA connector.
  • Supports Microsoft Windows 7 – 32-bit and 64-bit, Enterprise Professional, SP1; Windows Vista – 32-bit, Business and Enterprise, SP1 and SP2; Windows XP – 32-bit, Professional, SP3.