VMware Horizon View Client for iOS Release Notes

Horizon View Client for iOS 2.3.3 | 18 April 2014

Last Updated: 17 April 2014

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon View Client for iOS makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your iPhone or iPad 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 iPad or iPhone to work on your Windows-based Horizon View virtual desktop from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol from VMware means your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Best of both worlds - For the mobile device world, Horizon View Client supports native iPad and iPhone gestures for quick and easy navigation around your desktop. For the Windows world, the full screen touchpad feature lets you touch anywhere on the screen to move the mouse pointer around the Windows virtual desktop. Bridging both worlds, the Unity Touch sidebar makes it easy to browse, search, open, and close Windows applications and files, minimize windows, and switch between running applications, all without using the Windows Start menu or Taskbar.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon View Client for iOS is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon View for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your desktop by selecting from the recent desktop list.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol mean your virtual desktop is fast and responsive regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or from your 3G, 4G, or LTE connected iPhone or iPad.
  • 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 View Client when RSA authentication is required. No need for an RSA hardware token or RSA software token utility.
    Horizon View Client also supports RADIUS authentication with VMware View 5.1 and View Client for iOS 1.5 or later.

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What's New in This Release

The 2.3.3 release of VMware Horizon View Client for iOS updates the Horizon View Client for iOS 2.3.2 release to resolve security issues found in the OpenSSL 1.0.1 library. The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.1g to resolve multiple security issues. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2014-0076 and CVE-2014-0160 to these issues. CVE-2014-0160 is known as the Heartbleed issue. For more information, see KB 2076796: VMware Horizon View and the Heartbleed Bug.

Other than providing the OpenSSL library enhancement, this release is exactly the same as the Horizon View Client for iOS 2.3.2 release.

The 2.3.x releases of Horizon View Client for iOS include the following new features:

  • Unity Touch sidebar enhancements - End users can now reorder application and file favorites and maximize and restore running applications from the Unity Touch sidebar.
  • Advanced SSL options - End users can now select the security protocols that Horizon View Client uses to connect to a View server and configure the cipher control string.
  • Japanese 106/109 keyboard layout support - End users can now configure Horizon View Client to use the Japanese 106/109 keyboard layout in Windows XP desktops in which Japanese keyboard layout is enabled.
  • Log off, reset, and roll back changes - End users must now log off, reset, and roll back desktops from a context menu in the Desktops list. You can no longer perform these operations from a desktop shortcut.
  • Desktop search - End users can now search for desktops by typing a desktop name in a search box at the top of the Desktops list.
  • iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air are now supported
  • Multiple recent connections pages - If there are too many desktop shortcuts to fit on one page, Horizon View Client now creates multiple recent connection pages.


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

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Before You Begin

  • VMware Horizon View Client for iOS requires the iOS 5.0 or later operating system. Note that this is a change from the last release. With Horizon View Client 2.1.x, support for iOS 4.x has been removed.
  • Supported devices include iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C, and iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPad Air.
  • VMware Horizon View Client for iOS is supported with the latest maintenance release of VMware View 4.6.x and later releases.
  • Install and upgrade Horizon View Client for iOS just as you do any other iOS app, by going to the Apple Store. For a link to the Horizon View Client app in the Apple Store, go to the Horizon View Client Downloads page.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for iOS.

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Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.3.x

  • Certain keystroke combinations, such as Shift+Del, did not work properly in a remote desktop when using Horizon View Client for iOS. These problems also occurred when opening the remote desktop virtual machine in a console from vSphere Client. These problems have been resolved.
  • The input method editor (IME) mode was changed to full-width Kana Hiragana mode when inputting specific characters, such as symbols, from the software keyboard on Windows XP remote desktops in MS-IME environments. This problem has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.2.x

No issues were fixed in this release of Horizon View Client for iOS.

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.1.x

  • Occasionally, connecting to a View desktop would fail due to a timeout issue. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, when installing the Remote Experience Agent in a View destkop, even if the administrator did not install the Unity Touch component, the Unity Touch sidebar would appear in the desktop and some Unity Touch features were available. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, a problem occurred when connecting to VMware Horizon View deployments that used certain load balancers configured to do SSL offloading. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, a timeout problem could occur when connecting to View Connection Server. This issue has been resolved.

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Known Issues

  • The Unity Touch sidebar cannot show changes in the All Programs menu for new software that you install during that same session.
    Workaround: In order to see items for new software that you just installed, disconnect from the desktop and then connect again.
  • If you use the Unity Touch sidebar to start a Windows 8 Desktop-mode application, such as Microsoft Word, while the Windows 8 Start screen (Metro mode) is displayed, the application is launched in the background. In this example, you cannot see the Microsoft Word application until you switch to the traditional Desktop mode.
  • If your phone or tablet uses a resolution lower than 1024x768 and you want to use a Windows 8 remote desktop, you must use Desktop mode for the Windows 8 remote desktop. Using the tiles on the Start screen requires a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher.
  • Horizon View 1.6 and later mobile clients working with Horizon View 5.1 servers allow you touch directly into text fields of Windows applications and automatically pop-up the keyboard. However, this feature does not work with the following applications: Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash content in a browser.
  • The Shift key in the top row of the onscreen keyboard or in the navigation keys is for entering key combinations, such as Ctrl+Shift. If you need to capitalize a letter or type an exclamation point (!) or question mark (?) or other symbol that you create by using the Shift key, use the up arrow as you would in the standard onscreen keyboard.
  • Because Horizon View Client is available in Korean, whereas View Connection Server 4.6.x is not, if you use Horizon View Client on a Korean system, you will find that messages that originate from Horizon View Client are available in Korean, but messages that originate from View Connection Server 4.6.x appear in English.
  • In order for the remote desktop display to autofit the iPad screen when you rotate the iPad, after the remote desktop virtual machine is created, it must be powered off and on again. That is, after the desktop pool is created, the administrator must use vSphere Client or some other means to power off and then on the virtual machine that will be used as a remote desktop on an iPad.
  • If you have a Windows XP guest operating system in an Horizon View 4.6 desktop (agent) and that desktop is set to a time zone that is different from the time zone on your tablet (client), then if you go to the Date and Time Properties dialog box in the remote desktop's Control Panel, you see that the time zone shown on the Date and Time tab corresponds to the time zone of the tablet, but the time zone shown on the Time Zone tab corresponds to the time zone of the remote desktop. This issue is resolved if you use View Connection Server 5.0 and later.
  • In iOS 7, if you click a URL with the viewclient-securid:// prefix from a Web site to import a CTF string token, Horizon View Client does not launch. This problem occurs only in iPhone or iTouch Safari. It does not occur in iPad Safari.
    Workaround: Press the Home button to put Safari in the background and then switch Safari to the foreground. When the message Open this page in "VMware View?" appears, tap Yes to launch Horizon View Client.
  • If you use a Korean or Japanese keyboard on your iOS device and you connect to a remote desktop that uses a Korean or Japanese input method editor (IME), the remote desktop Windows IME English/Korean or English/Japanese mode is not synchronized with the iOS keyboard locale.
    Workaround: Use the English keyboard on your iOS device with a remote desktop that uses a Korean or Japanese IME.
  • The Apple Wireless Keyboard does not input the Japanese full-width tilde correctly in remote desktops when using Horizon View Client for iOS.
    Workaround: Use an English keyboard on the iOS device.

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