VMware has had a fairly steady release cadence for the Horizon Suite, and they have a new point release every 3-6 months. These releases don’t just correct bugs in the software – they add new features that help close the gap with Citrix.
The next release of Horizon doesn’t disappoint. Despite being a dot-dot release, Horizon 7.0.2 is packed with improvements.
Some of the highlights of the release are:
- Further enhancements to the protocol
- Improvements in the GPU-encode/decode that significantly lower bandwidth and latency
- Improvements in the JPG/PNG codec to reduce bandwidth utilization by 6x
- vRealize Operations integration with Blast Extreme. I can now see Blast statistics in the vROPs console
- UEM Smart Policies Integration with Blast. I can now use the same PCoIP smart policies to control the Blast protocol. This enhancement also allows administrators to set per-device policies so I can set different policies for Windows, Mac, Android, and IOS.
- A Raspberry Pi client
- NVIDIA M10 support for high-density graphics acceleration use cases
- Intel vDGA support on the Skylake platform using 1:1 PCI-E passthru
VMware has continued to close the feature gap with Citrix XenApp, and the latest release checks off a few more boxes. The main features in this release are:
- Real-time Audio/Video support for RDSH
- USB Redirection for RDSH on servers running Windows Server 2012 R2
- Parameter Passthrough to RDSH Apps – this allows administrators to create custom links that pass parameters through to the application, such as command-line switches or authentication tokens, on launch.
- Expanded Windows OS support, including support for Windows 10 LTSB, Anniversary Update, and Pro virtual desktops
- Flash redirection is now GA. This allows flash content to be redirected to the local endpoint for rendering for a better experience.
- Windows Media Redirection support for Windows 10 and Server 2016
- Windows Media MMR support for Linux-based thin clients
- Client Drive Redirection is now supported on port 443. Enhancements have also been made to improve performance on high-latency networks and to speed up file and folder listings
- DPI synchronization on native Windows clients to ensure crisp rendering of remote session
- Enhanced clipboard with support for Microsoft Word and Excel
- Clipboard size increased to 10 MB
- Ability to link one smart card to multiple accounts
HTML Access Improvements
- Time Zone Sync
- File transfer between remote desktop and endpoint using web client
- RTAV support for desktops and apps