Apple has announced iOS 13 for fall 2019, and with it, its own iPad operating system (iPadOS) based on iOS 13. Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is also expected around the same time. Find out why the ThinPrint team is particularly excited about two iPadOS improvements and how they’ll interact with Windows Virtual Desktop in our video and blog post.
Working with Windows Virtual Desktop and iPads
The new iPadOS 13 promises many interesting business features such as slide over and split view, which optimize working with multiple apps on the iPad. The newly designed home screen, to which widget pins can now be added for a better overview, or the improved file app are further examples. However, here at ThinPrint we’re particularly excited about two iPad features that will make working productively and accessing Windows Virtual Desktop so much easier.
With iPadOS 13, Safari becomes a desktop browser
Apple has updated its Safari web browser. From iPad OS 13, the iPad will act as a macOS computer for web servers. For users, this means that Safari will no longer display the mobile versions of web pages but will allow them to access the desktop versions of websites. This allows them to conveniently use web applications like Google Docs and WordPress on their iPad, easily download files with the new download manager, and better collaborate with colleagues.
And that’s not all – Safari’s “desktop-class” version makes it easy for users to access Windows Virtual Desktop. All the more exciting as there are currently no mobile clients available for Windows Virtual Desktop. Using desktop-class browsing, users can then simply access a Microsoft hosted website that runs on the Azure platform along with the virtual desktops.
iPadOS 13 supports a mouse
With iOS 13, the iPad can be connected to a mouse via USB or Bluetooth and fully operated this way. A mouse cursor is then displayed that simulates a finger. The mouse connection makes it much easier for iPad users to work on a Windows Virtual Desktop with apps such as Excel.
Windows Virtual Desktop and printing from iPads
With iOS 13, the iPad is moving further in the direction of desktop computers and will be able to be used even more productively in the corporate context. To enable users to not only edit but also print files on virtual desktops, ThinPrint, selected by Microsoft as an integration partner, offers ezeep, its cloud printing solution for the upcoming Windows Virtual Desktop. ezeep takes on all print management tasks and saves IT departments the hassle of printer drivers and printer assignments.
What about iPad users? In their desktop-class Safari browser, they open up the Windows Virtual Desktop, open the desired file on their iPad with or without the mouse, and hit print. ezeep ensures that they can immediately take their printout from the printer.