What’s new in Horizon 7.4?
VMware just released Horizon 7.4 which is now globally available! This new version contains many new features and improvements:
- Session Collaboration
- Horizon Instant Clones new features
- Horizon Apps new features
- Skype for Business update 3
- Many new remote experience features
1. Session Collaboration
Session collaboration allows easy and quick collaboration between users from within their Horizon 7 session. The user can simply open a collaboration dialogue and send out an invitation to multiple colleagues through email, IM or just by copying a link.
Once the session has started, the invited users can see the same session as the person who invited them. This works great with high-end graphics scenarios. The initial user also has the possibility to give control to other users. This feature requires that session collaboration is enabled at desktop pool level or RDSH farm level.
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Session Collaboration Requirements:
- VMware Blast Extreme display protocol
- Horizon Client 4.7 (Windows, Mac or Linux), HTML Access 4.7
- Maximum of five collaborators by default (can be increased)
- Horizon Agent 7.4 for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and RDSH
- Horizon 7.4 Connection Server
- Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition license
2. Horizon Instant Clones new features
RDSH Instant-Clone Farms with vGPU
Since Horizon 7.1, VMware 7 has supported the provisioning of RDS hosts with instant clones. Horizon 7.4 adds support to provision NVIDIA vGPU instant-clone RDS hosts. 3D-based RDSH farms can take advantage of the fast provisioning and recurring maintenance features of Instant Clone Technology.
RDSH Instant-Clone Farms with vGPU supported Cards:
- NVIDIA M10
Instant-Clone Support for Linux
Horizon 7.4 extends the rapid provisioning advantages of Horizon 7 instant clones to Linux desktops. Now, the technology can be used to provision Linux desktops as well.
VMware instant clones provide the ability to deploy Linux desktops more rapidly, to scale more easily, and to perform recurring maintenance much quicker than previously possible with full-clone desktop pools.
Instant Clones for Linux Requirements:
- Instant-clone floating desktop pool
- Horizon 7.4 Connection Servers and Linux Agent
- Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04
- Active Directory integration provided by Power Broker Identity Services Open (PBISO) v8.5.6 or later.
3. Horizon Apps new features
VMware keeps improving the End User experience for RDSH published applications.
In Horizon 7.4, they added the following new features:
- Hardware GPU: Support on Windows Server 2016.
- USB AutoConnect:Allows USB devices to be connected automatically the next time a remote application is launched.
- Improved Application Launch Performance:Faster login time for Horizon published applications.
- Enhanced Empty-Session Timeout Options:Allows immediate timeout of RDSH sessions upon disconnect.
4. Skype for Business update 3
The Horizon 7.4 Agent and Horizon Client 4.7 releases add many enhancements for Skype for Business virtualization including:
- Support for Horizon 7 Mac Client:This includes HID devices and H.264 hardware cameras.
- Microsoft Office Integration:This includes Microsoft SharePoint, Yammer, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook.
- Call Delegation:Users can be assigned to receive calls on behalf of, or in addition to, the person who assigned them as a delegate. Delegates may also make calls on behalf of another user.
- Call via X (home, work, etc.):A user enabled for Call Via Work can click in Skype for Business to call another user, either within their deployment or as an external user. The call is completed with the user’s PBX phone.
- Active Speaker Identification:During conference calls, the active speaker’s video is displayed.
- Volume Control from Remote Desktop:Users can now control the Skype for Business call volume from within the VDI desktop (using the volume control in the lower right corner).
- Response Groups:Call routing to groups of users, for example when a designated number is dialed, will ring users who are part of the call response group.
5. Many new remote experience features
H264 High Color Accuracy
By default, 4:2:2 chroma subsampling is used with H.264, but some color combinations can lead to blocky text that can be hard to read.
The Blast Extreme setting in the Blast Extreme ADMX template file (vdm_blast.admx) increases color accuracy when using H.264 encoding by using the YUV 4:4:4 color space instead of 4:2:2. This provides better clarity for text and a better user experience.
Horizon Client for Chrome OS new features
The Horizon Client for Chrome OS has several enhancements, including:
- True multi-monitor support
- Multiple sessions of remote Horizon 7 desktops and applications, with seamless windows
- Drag and drop of images and plain text from Android phones to remote virtual machines (VMs)
These features require Chrome OS 64 or later.
All the Horizon clients add new user experience features with the 4.7 release. Details for each client can be found in the Release Notes on the Horizon Client Documentation page.