VMware is launching an iPad app today that gives access to a virtual Windows desktop.

The new VMware View Client works in combination with VMware View, which moves applications into the cloud and deliveres them as a managed service.

The app shows how the desktop can be moved anywhere. VMware cites Children's Hospital Central California, one of the 10 largest hospitals of its type in the United States, which is using VMware View to provide secure "follow-me" desktops. The hospital plans to start using iPads to further mobilize its care and provide faster service.

Citrix, a VMware competitor, launched a similar app last spring for viewing apps. Citrix Reciever uses software virtualization to bring back office applications to smart clients, including Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad.