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Actually Windows 8 is not (officially) supported with VMware View, at least not as a virtual desktop.

About the View Client, starting with the 5.2 version it support also Windows 8 as a client (see the official guide). Both the 32 and 64 versions (are supported: Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Enterprise) works fine and requirements are just the same as a Windows 7 Client (1 GB of RAM and a x86-based processor with SSE2 extensions, with a 800MHz or higher processor speed).

Also features are exactly the same of Windows 7 Client, including the limit of Wyse MMR that is still working only with Windows XP or Vista Client.

Seems that Local Mode can work, but I suppose there are more limit of it: for example you probably cannot use if you have enabled Hyper-V on your Windows 8 client.

But there is another version for Windows 8 style interface, and in this case it’s available directly in the Windows Store: the preview of the VMware View Client with the new Windows 8 interface.

As this is a preview, it does have a number of limitations:

  • The client supports RDP connections but not PCoIP yet
  • No support for smart card authentication

For more information about the different clients versions see this post.


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