VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS Release Notes

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Horizon Client for Chrome OS 4.0.1 | 31 March 2016

Last Updated: 31 March 2016

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS makes it easy to access your Windows-based remote desktop or application from your Chrome OS device with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Work the way you want to - Use your Chrome OS device to work on your Windows-based remote desktop or application from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol from VMware means your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive, regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Chrome OS is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon 7 for simple setup and connectivity. Quicky reconnect to a remote desktop or application by selecting it from the Recent tab.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol mean your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive, regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or across a WAN.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is always secure. And with RSA soft token integration, you need enter only your RSA PIN into Horizon Client when RSA authentication is required. No need for an RSA hardware token or RSA software token utility. Horizon Client also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication.

Note: You can use remote applications only if you are connected to a VMware Horizon 6.0 with View or later server.

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Internationalization

For Horizon Client for Chrome OS, both the user interface and the documentation are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean

What's New in This Release

New Features in Horizon Client 4.0.1

  • TLSv1.0 is enabled by default
    Enabling TLSv1.0 ensures that by default Horizon Client can connect to VMware Horizon Air servers. You do not need to upgrade to Horizon Client 4.0.1 unless you use Horizon Client to connect to Horizon Air cloud-hosted desktops and applications.

New Features in Horizon Client 4.0

  • VMware Blast Extreme
    End-users can select the VMware Blast display protocol when they connect to a remote desktop or application in Horizon Client, and they can configure decoding options for VMware Blast display protocol sessions. This feature also requires Horizon Agent 7.0.
  • Horizon Client default view configuration
    Users can configure whether the Recent screen or the Servers screen appears when they launch Horizon Client. Administrators can create a vmware-view URI to launch a Horizon Client and display the Recent screen or the Servers screen.
  • Client drive redirection
    Users can configure Horizon Client to share local storage, including local folders and removable storage devices, with remote desktops and applications. This feature also requires View Agent 6.1.1 or later.
  • TLSv1.0 disabled by default
    TLSv1.0 is disabled by default for communications between Horizon Client and View Connection Server and View Agent or Horizon Agent. SSLv3 is removed.
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2f support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2f.

New Features in Horizon Client 3.5

  • x86 optimized
    Performance with x86 Chromebooks is improved.
  • Window resizing and full-screen mode
    You can resize your remote desktop window. You can switch to full-screen mode and window mode by pressing the full screen key on your device's keyboard.
  • TLSv1.2 enabled by default
    TLSv1.2 is enabled by default for communication between Horizon Client and View Connection Server and View Agent. In addition, the default cipher control string is changed to "!aNULL:kECDH+AES:ECDH+AES:RSA+AES:@STRENGTH".
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2d support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2d.
  • Access Point integration
    Horizon Client can use the new Access Point appliance instead of a security server to connect to a View Connection Server instance. This feature also requires Horizon 6 version 6.2.
  • Windows 10 remote desktop support
    You can use Horizon Client to connect to Windows 10 remote desktops.

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for Chrome OS requires a Chromebook with Chrome OS, stable channel, ARC version 41.4410.244.13 or later.
  • Horizon Client for Chrome OS is supported with the latest maintenance release of View 5.3.x and later releases.
  • Install and upgrade Horizon Client for Chrome OS just as you do any other Chrome OS app. You can get the latest version of the app from the Chrome Web Store.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS.

Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon Client 4.0

No known issues were resolved in this release of Horizon Client for Chrome OS.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.5

No known issues were resolved in this release of Horizon Client for Chrome OS.

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Known Issues

  • If the View server has a valid certificate, you cannot use the Never connect to untrusted servers or Warn before connecting to untrusted servers certificate checking mode.
    Workaround: Use the Do not verify server identify certificates certificate checking mode.
  • You cannot launch a remote desktop or application in Horizon Client for Chrome OS from the Workspace App Portal.
    Workaround: None.
  • With View Agent 5.x and earlier, copying text from a remote desktop or application to an application on your Chrome OS device can take up to five seconds.
    Workaround: Copy the text and then drag open the Unity Touch sidebar. The text is immediately copied to the clipboard.
  • Alt+Tab on a hardware keyboard does not work in remote desktops and applications.
    Workaround: Use Alt+Tab on the onscreen keyboard in a remote desktop or application.
  • You cannot use the Alt key on a hardware keyboard in combination with F4 on the onscreen keyboard in remote desktops and applications.
    Workaround: Use Alt+F4 on the onscreen keyboard in a remote desktop or application.
  • The first time you launch Horizon Client and select a folder for client drive redirection, Horizon Client might stop responding.
    Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.
  • When you connect to a remote RDS desktop, a delay of up to one minute can occur before the Local Storage Redirection option appears in General settings and the redirected folder appears in the local storage list.
    Workaround: None.
  • Time zone redirection does not work when timezone API invocation in Horizon Client for Chrome OS returns numbers such as Et:UCT:0 rather than country/city format.
    Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.
  • After you have been connected to a remote desktop for a period of time, if you open an audio/video file, the sound is noisy and performance is degraded for some operations.
    Workaround: Reconnect to the remote desktop.
  • If you change the folder for client drive redirection to a folder that contains a file named Android and then close Horizon Client, you cannot relaunch Horizon Client.
    Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.
  • When Horizon Client is in non-full-screen mode and the Settings, Recent tab, or Servers tab is displayed, if you minimize Horizon Client, Horizon Client shows a black screen​ when you switch it back to the foreground.
    Workaround: Change Horizon Client to full-screen mode. This is a third-party issue.
  • When you use the VMware Blast display protocol to connect to a remote desktop or application with a non-English input method, you might not be able to enter certain symbols.
    Workaround: Use the local input buffer, or connect to the remote desktop or application with the PCoIP display protocol.

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