Horizon Client for Chrome 2012.1 | 19 January 2021

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for Chrome makes it easy to access your remote desktops and published applications from your Chromebook 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 Chromebook to work on your remote desktops and published applications from any location. Support for the VMware Blast display protocol from VMware means your remote desktop or published application is fast and responsive, regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Chrome is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon for simple setup and connectivity. Open Chrome, enter a server URL, and log in to see a list of available remote desktops and published applications.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is always secure. Enhanced certificate checking is performed on the client. Horizon Client for Chrome also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication.

What's New in This Release

Horizon Client for Chrome 2012.1 includes the following changes:

  • Update to monitor settings.

Horizon Client for Chrome 2012 includes the following new features:

  • Configure power settings in Google Admin Console
    You can prevent the Chromebook from going to sleep in response to user inactivity in a remote session by configuring powerSetting in a JSON configuration file. See Client Features.
  • User interface changes for Section 508 compliance
    Color contrast and keyboard navigation enhancements are implemented for Section 508 compliance.
  • Chrome 87 support
    You can install Horizon Client for Chrome on a device that is running Chrome OS 87.
  • Configure display settings for remote desktops
    If you have multiple monitors, you can display remote desktops on all the monitors or on specific monitors by using the Display setting. The Use Multi Monitors if there are two monitors setting has been removed. See Change the Display Mode for Remote Desktops.
  • Exiting full-screen mode and multi-monitor mode
    Previously, you pressed the Esc key to exit full-screen mode and the Send ESC button to exit multi-monitor mode. Now, to exit full-screen mode, select the Quit fullscreen button on the top menu bar. To exit multi-monitor mode, click the Quit multimon button on the top menu bar.


The user interface and documentation for Horizon Client for Chrome are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for Chrome requires Chrome OS 75 or later.
  • Horizon Client for Chrome is supported with the latest maintenance release of Horizon 7 version 7.5 and later releases.
  • Install and upgrade Horizon Client for Chrome just as you do any other Chrome app. You can get the latest version of the app from the Chrome Web Store.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see the VMware Horizon Client for Chrome Installation and Setup Guide document.

Resolved Issues

  • 2704308: Users must set the multi-monitor setting manually each time they reset their Chromebooks to use all monitors if no Google policy is configured.

Known Issues

  • If you enter an incorrect PIN during smart card authentication, Charismathics does not present any direct feedback in the dialog box.

    Workaround: This problem is a third-party issue. For more information, go to https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7014689.

  • You might encounter the following problems after authenticating with a smart card:

    • If you enter an incorrect PIN, log off from the server, and then immediately log in to the server again, you are prompted for Active Directory authentication.
    • If you log off from a session and then log in to the server again, the server fails to authenticate with smart card authentication.
    • If your published application session is idle and times out, and you unplug and and then reinsert your smart card reader, you are not prompted for your PIN when you try to connect to a published application.

    Workaround: Log off or restart the Chromebook and log in with the smart card again.

  • H.264 decoding does not work in this release. The setting to enable H.264 decoding has been removed from the Horizon Client user interface.

    Workaround: None.

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