VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS Release Notes

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Horizon Client for Chrome OS 4.5 | 08 June 2017

Last Updated: 08 June 2017

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. Quickly 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.

What's New in This Release

  • Unauthenticated access to remote applications
    A Horizon 7 version 7.1 or later administrator can create Unauthenticated Access users and entitle those users to remote applications. Unauthenticated Access users can log in to the server anonymously from Horizon Client for Chrome OS and connect to their remote applications. For information about creating Unauthenticated Access users, see the View Administration document.
  • Multiple monitor support
    You can extend a remote desktop to one external monitor. To enable the multiple monitor feature, you install the VMware Horizon Client Helper extension from the Chrome Web Store and enable Unified Desktop Mode on your Chromebook.
  • Default Connection Server URL
    A Chrome administrator can configure a default Connection Server URL for Horizon Client for Chrome OS on enrolled Chromebooks. When this feature is enabled, Horizon Client always connects to the default server. To set up this feature, a Chrome administrator must install the Horizon Client for Chrome OS app and the VMware Horizon Client Helper extension through Chrome device management. Both the app and the extension are available in the Chrome Web Store.
  • Improved audio with VMware Blast
    Audio playback when using the VMware Blast display protocol has been improved.

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, Korean, and Spanish.

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 Horizon View 6.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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A blank page appears when you click the Back button in the system title bar.

    Workaround: Use the Back key on the keyboard instead of the Back button in the system title bar.