At this year’s VMWorld, VMWare is killing off desktop computing. Well, it is at least trying to convince the world, that thin client virtual desktop infrastructure is the way forward.
There have been plenty of attempts at getting users to dump desktop PCs in favour of thin client. As a thin client user, I find the technology is still far from seamless and very much bandwidth constrained. But if VMWare can truly make the virtual desktop experience as good as a physical PC, then there is no reason why I wouldn’t switch to VDI.
Project AppBlaster, also unveiled at VMWorld, looks particularly interesting, especially if it makes it possible for tablet device users to access Windows applications using just an HTML 5.0 browser. Basically, it puts Windows in a browser. Citrix and Wyse should certainly be worried.