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Virtualization_March27_CWhen it comes to technology, trends are abound. It seems that nearly every month there’s some new trend introduced that businesses absolutely must adopt. One trend that has proven to be beneficial to many businesses is virtualization. One of the more popular virtualizations is of the desktop, which enables users to access it from nearly anywhere. VMware, a company well-known for its virtualization services, has released a new product that makes it easy to view your desktop on your mobile device.

In mid-March, VMware announced Unity Touch, an app that allows users to view, open, run and manage Windows files and applications on their Android and iOS devices.

What exactly is Unity Touch
This app takes your existing Windows desktop and makes it more manageable and easier to use on mobile devices. This feature is part of the Horizon View offering from VMware which allows administrators to virtualize the desktop environment, and users to access their desktop from anywhere.

Unity Touch takes Horizon View desktops and makes them easier to use on a touchscreen device. When it’s introduced, you will be able to log in to your desktop and access your files and applications.

How does Unity Touch improve desktop access on mobile devices?
One of the most important parts of the Windows environment is the Start menu. It’s what the majority of users use to access their files and run applications. On mobile devices that connect to a virtual desktop, space is limited, so having a full start menu just doesn’t cut it. This app essentially makes the Start menu an ‘app drawer’ on the left-hand side of your screen – think of any screen where you can select apps on your mobile device.

There’s a little tab, located in the middle part of the left-hand side of the screen that you can press to bring up a list of files and apps that you can scroll through. This list also functions as a kind of launch center where you can switch between open programs, close them or even manage files.

Will my business find it useful?
If you travel lots, or have to be away from your computer and don’t want to carry a laptop with you, this could be a solution for you. You do need to have a VMware Horizon View Desktop version 5.2, the Horizon View Client 2.0 installed on your mobile device, as well as an Android, iPad or iPhone.

If you are interested in accessing your desktop from a mobile device, contact us today. We can work with you to develop a solution.

Published on 29th March 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.


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