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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.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (3031 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.