As Samsung was announcing the release of its new Samsung Galaxy S8 today, VMware dropped news that the two companies have developed an integration that allows for a seamless Windows desktop experience from the new smartphone.

The “expanded partnership” aims to resolve friction caused by disparate experiences for those using enterprise desktops, mobile apps and cloud services.

A date for precisely when the integrated services would be available will be announced later, VMware officials said. 

“VMware and Samsung share a common vision of helping Galaxy S8 end users experience the full capabilities of the device while delivering an elegant end-user experience,” Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager of end-user computing at VMware, said in a statement. 

“Our expanded partnership will further enable business end users to remain productive by delivering a unified digital workspace experience that offers continuity, whether they are using the mobile device from a desk connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, or in the palm of their hands using touch and gesture interactions.”

The integration leverages Samsung’s new DeX dock, which allows the phone to act as the CPU for a desktop computing environment.

“The successful collaboration between Samsung and VMware over the years with VMware AirWatch has helped many customers across the globe embrace BYO and enterprise mobility,” Kevin Gilroy, executive vice president and general manager of Samsung’s commercial division, said in a statement. “This extension of our partnership into the delivery of virtual desktop and applications through digital workspaces with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung DeX will further customer choice in best-of-breed technology.”

 

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