(KCBS) – Palo Alto-based VMware, a global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, is developing technology that will let people access Windows applications no matter what type of device or operating system they are using.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said this is not the first company that is trying to develop this type of technology.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid:

“Cloudworks is a Southern California company that also does this. They explained to me how it works,” Magid said. “The application is running on a server. So you have Windows running on a server in the cloud on the Internet and your iPad or Android tablet acts like a terminal. It becomes a window into Windows and Windows is not running on your device, but on the server.”

Magid said in layman’s terms, what this technology will allow you to do is run Windows applications on whichever technological device you are using.

He said eventually, there will most likely be a fee attached to the service. VMware is hoping it will become practical for consumers, using relatively small, low-powered devices to run high-powered Windows applications.

You can hear Larry Magid’s Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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