VMware releases View Client for Android tablets

VMware View lets Android tablet users see their Windows desktops and interact with Windows apps

Android tablets could become more appealing to the enterprise with VMware's View Client for Android.

VMware View lets people see their Windows desktops and interact with Windows applications from remote devices, like tablets or laptops.

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To use it, customers click on an icon on their Android tablet that launches an image of their Windows desktop. They can open a virtual trackpad in order to navigate around the screen. The Android tablet controls remain at the bottom of the screen so that users can easily jump back to the tablet software and applications.

The client, which VMware is calling a tech preview, is available in the Android Market and works on devices running Honeycomb 3.0 and above. It is also available starting Friday for users of the Cisco Cius tablet.

The client is free to download but works in conjunction with VMware's desktop virtualization software.

VMware started offering a similar client for iPad users earlier this year, and the company said it initially was the No. 1 free business app in the Apple store.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's email address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com.

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