A major advantage of using the VMware Horizon portfolio is that remote desktops and applications follow the end user regardless of device or location. Users can access their personalized virtual desktop or remote application from a company laptop, their home PC, a thin client device, a Mac, or a tablet or phone.

End users open Horizon Client to display their remote desktops and applications. Thin client devices use VMware Horizon thin client software and can be configured so that the only application that users can launch directly on the device is VMware Horizon Thin Client. Repurposing a legacy PC into a thin client desktop can extend the life of the hardware by three to five years. For example, by using VMware Horizon on a thin desktop, you can use a newer operating system such as Windows 10 on older desktop hardware.

If you use the HTML Access feature, end users can open a remote desktop inside a browser, without having to install any client application on the client system or device.