Windows’ position within the business marketplace is shifting. Witness this yearâ€™s VMworld conference in San Francisco. VMworld is the virtualization Mecca — and this yearâ€™s show could herald a new era for VMware competitor Microsoft: the post-Windows era.
News from a virtualization conference might not seem too relevant to Windows, but VMwareâ€™s announcement Tuesday of its new Horizon Suite makes a lot of difference. The suite, available in beta in the fourth quarter, pulls together several of VMwareâ€™s multi-platform management tools.
This is VMware committing to heterogeneous platforms, and thatâ€™s a pretty big deal.
â€œFor nearly 30 years, Windows has been the dominant platform in the workplace,â€ explained Phil Montgomery, senior director of Product Management, Desktop Products at VMware. Now, he added, itâ€™s Windows, Macs, iPads, and Android devices with which an IT manager has to contend.
The Horizon Suite promises to manage files, data and privileges across multiple platforms.