VMware Horizon will get dual-screen Samsung DeX assist

DeX-capable units will now be capable of function one half of an prolonged VMware desktop, so you possibly can work in Home windows with nothing however a Samsung smartphone and an Android app.

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VMware has introduced one thing it stated Samsung DeX customers have been requesting for a very long time: assist for dual-screen VMware Horizon digital desktops.

“Linked to an exterior monitor, flagship Samsung Galaxy units (telephones and tablets) can now use the machine’s show as a secondary display simply as a PC has been in a position to present, powered by VMware’s Horizon and Workspace ONE,” VMware stated in its announcement.

Samsung DeX started life in 2017 as a means for Galaxy smartphones and tablets to reflect their shows onto an exterior monitor. Since then DeX has modified in a number of methods, together with the addition of wi-fi capabilities for PC, Mac and TVs.

One factor that Samsung DeX lacked, till this announcement, was the flexibility to truly be a dual-screen Home windows desktop atmosphere. VMware has closed that performance gap by utilizing current DeX dual-mode features and APIs so as to add keyboard and mouse assist for each the monitor and machine display.

Along with with the ability to run VMware Horizon Home windows cases, Android smartphone performance is retained. Customers can nonetheless open Android apps, which seem windowed, so e-mail, telephone calls, textual content messages and different unified communications options are retained whereas utilizing VMware on DeX.

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For these unfamiliar with VMware’s choices, VMware Horizon is the digital desktop interface, whereas VMware Workspace ONE is a set that features Horizon, in addition to id and entry administration instruments. The brand new DeX options are built-in into Horizon and are part of Workspace ONE, so VMware clients ought to be capable of use it irrespective of which service they’ve.

How you can use VMware with Samsung DeX

In response to Samsung, “DeX is accessible on Galaxy S9, S10, S20, S21, Note8, Note9, Note10, Notice 20, and Z Fold collection telephones, and Galaxy Tab S4, S5e, S6, and S7 collection tablets,” in addition to the Tab Energetic 3 and Professional. So, when you’ve got a kind of and are a VMware buyer, you’re in luck.

You’ll must have the VMware Horizon Consumer app for Android put in in your Samsung DeX-capable machine, so make sure you’ve got that finished previous to making an attempt it out.

VMware stated that Horizon treats DeX-capable units as skinny purchasers when in Horizon DeX desktop mode, so it might be a good suggestion to see what VMware has to say about utilizing Horizon on an Android skinny shopper, too.

VMware has additionally revealed a documentation web page about utilizing Horizon and DeX that features a few notable restrictions, specifically that there’s an issue switching enter languages that spells bother for multilingual professionals: “To change the language enter methodology in a distant desktop, you need to use the language swap key on a Samsung bodily keyboard.” So, if you happen to don’t have a Samsung {hardware} keyboard you’re caught with a single language enter.

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Regardless of that restriction, VMware Horizon and Samsung DeX integration imply that distant work doesn’t even require a laptop computer, or a company-owned machine to be safe.

“Utilizing Horizon on DeX, firms can supply a safer and absolutely powered desktop expertise by way of a cell machine with no sophisticated deployment, even when conventional PCs are unavailable,” stated Quickly Kon Kim, VMware director of strategic know-how in VMware’s strategic ecosystem and trade resolution group.

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