this is the first Freewysemonkeys and Technicalhelp newsletter.
I will try to send out one on a regular base now to give you some updates on FWM and Wyse products. I hope you like the info and find it useful.
New Pocket Cloud version is in beta
Wyse is currently sending out a new beta version of its iPhone/iPod Touch app to selected beta testers. I was lucky to get my hands on this new version, which is labeled as 1.0.241. The final version number could be 1.3.
I am using PocketCloud myself now since the first release and I was impressed by the new features Wyse has implemented in the new version. The most interesting feature is of course the official
certification for VMware View 4. This way you can easily connect to your virtual environment while being out of the office.
Other cool features are the new mouse pointer, the minimize/maximize icon (I love that) and the improved keyboard. As pictures can say more than 1000 words, here are some screenshots of the new features:
Here is the list of all new features as I found them up to today (maybe they will change it to release date):
- View 4.0 compatible!
- Multi-line text entry with iPhone Copy/Paste capability!
- Custom keyboard with function and short-cut keys designed based on iPhone’s virtual keyboard
- Unicode keyboard support including Chinese keyboard support
- Sound Support with 3 different quality modes
- Auto-mode that chooses the right sound quality for the user based on their connection type (3G VS. Wi-Fi)
- New advanced Mouse cursor design
- Remote App Scrolling (Scroll within MS Word or PowerPoint)
- Quickzoom feature: one button to zoom in/out quickly to your remote desktop
- Console login support
- 64-bit support for Windows Companion
The new Wyse P20 PCoIP device
As VMware has released their new View version with integrated PCoIP protocol everybody is now in a kind of a PCoIP hype. I am still not sure if this new protocol will prove what it promises but first test are really impressive. If you have your clients connected in a fast LAN environment and bandwidth is not a big issue for you than PCoIP could be a cool protocol for remote access to your virtual sessions. PCoIP is a protocol developed by Teradici and licensed by VMware to incorporate it in View 4 as an alternative to standard RDP. The benefit is that PCoIP is a protocol that can deliver multimedia content in high quality from a remote desktop. Something that RDP cannot do in the same way. Although RDP 7 in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 has brilliant improvements here also. But back to the Wyse P20.
The P20 was silently launched last month and is Wyse's answer to the PCoIP hype. It is an Teradici 1100P PCoIP™ based platform with Dual DVI output, 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit network and 4 USB 1.1. (!) ports.
The management of these device can be done via a simple browser on a per device base or with the free Teradici Management Tool.
TCX Suite 4 planned to be launched mid January
Some of my contacts told that Wyse is planning to launch the new TCX Suite 4 by mid January. This new suite will inherit all 5 TCX components (USB, Flash and Media Redirection, Rich Sound and Multidisplay) in one installer. Each single version is updated to support new environments. The suite should run on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Terminalserver or XenApp, although not all 5 components will run on each OS. So stay tuned.
WTOS 6.5 firmware coming next year
I heard that the most famous Wyse OS (and honestly my absolute favorite of all) gets a fresh-up in January. It looks like Wyse is currently in the last steps of the beta and will launch it mid january. So it looks like christmas is this time a bit later. Here are the planned coming features of WTOS 6.5 as I am aware of:
- VMware View Secure Tunneling
- VMware View RSA Authentication
- Industry only non-windows RDP 6.x client. Improved with native multi-monitor support
- Generic USB Audio Driver for improved USB Audio headset support
- Citrix Desktop Restart Support
- Look and feel improvements
That's all for now. I wish you all a very peaceful and merry christmas. Good first steps in 2010. See you on Freewysemonkeys.