The client software for accessing View desktops can run on a tablet, a Windows, Linux, or Mac PC or laptop, a thin client, and more.

After logging in, users select from a list of virtual desktops that they are authorized to use. Authorization can require Active Directory credentials, a UPN, a smart card PIN, or an RSA SecurID or other two-factor authentication token.

An administrator can configure View Client to allow end users to select a display protocol. Protocols include PCoIP and Microsoft RDP. The speed and display quality of PCoIP rival that of a physical PC.

View Client with Local Mode (formerly called Offline Desktop) is a version of View Client that has been extended to allow end users to download virtual machines and use them on their local Windows systems regardless of whether they have a network connection.

Features differ according to which View Client you use. This guide focuses on View Client for Windows. The following types of clients are not described in detail in this guide:

Details about View Client for tablets, Linux clients, and Mac clients. See the VMware View Clients documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.

Various third-party thin clients and zero clients, available only through certified partners.

View Open Client, which supports the VMware partner certification program. View Open Client is not an official View client and is not supported as such.