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VMware View Now Available on iPad

The Apple iPad got a major enterprise nod this week from virtualization giant VMware Inc.

VMware last week introduced its first iPad app, a 6.1 MB download called VMware View for iPad. The free app offers remote logins and viewing of Windows desktops over WiFi or 3G connections via the PCoIP protocol. The app also has adds support for Bluetooth and dock-connected keyboards.

In a statement, Christopher Young, VMware vice president and general manager for End-User Computing, explained VMware's decision to move into media tablet apps: "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."

VMware View for iPad requires VMware View 4.6 on the back-end. The company appears to have put some serious thought into the app. A video demo of the app by VMware shows what appears to be some rather slick development on top of Apple's multi-touch interface.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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