New release of Microsoft's App-V for Windows 7 available

New release of Microsoft's App-V for Windows 7 available

Summary: Microsoft posted for download on February 27 of an update to its App-V virtualization product that is designed to work with the Windows 7 Beta.

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Microsoft posted for download on February 27 of an update to its App-V virtualization product that is designed to work with the Windows 7 Beta.

App-V is based on the SoftGrid technology Microsoft acquired in early 2006 when it bought Softricity. App-V lets users run applications without actually installing them on a local machine. This allows companies who want to make available a single image of Office or a custom line-of-business application to multiple users by pushing it out to them without having to touch each desktop. It also enables users run applications virutally that might conflict if run simultaneously on their Windows machines.

App-V 4.5, the current release of Microsoft's application virtualization technology that is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), runs on Windows Vista and XP, but not Windows 7. The new CU1 (Cumulative Update 1) build, which Microsoft is making available on its Connect download site for existing App-V customers, runs on Windows 7, too. The CU1 build also includes a variety of fixes and udpates to App-V 4.5 that will work for Vista and XP users.

The final version of 4.5 CU1 the full MDOP package for Windows 7 will be available within 90 days of the time Windows 7 ships. Microsoft is still not saying when that fateful date will be, but Windows 7 is widely expected to be released to manufacturing in the third quarter of 2009.

In today's blog post to the MDOP blog, Micosoft officials explained why -- despite the fact that Microsoft is promising the vast majority of Vista-compatible apps will also work on Windows 7 -- the 4.5 CU1 update is needed:

"As you know, we have a high bar for application compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7, so you might be wondering why we need an update of App-V specific to Windows 7.  Application virtualization is in a small class of applications that have very deep interactions specific to a Windows release – in App-V’s case it is redirecting the registry, file-system and component calls.  So as we update Windows, we will continue to require new versions of App-V."

Speaking of the next version of App-V, Microsoft reiterated that the 4.6 release -- which is still due in the first half of 2010 -- will add suport for 64-bit applications. Microsoft is planning to sign up Technology Adoption Program (TAP) testers for the 4.6 build later this calendar quarter.

App-V is one of a handful of business-focused utilities that Microsoft includes in MDOP. MDOP is available for purchase only by customers who sign up for Microsoft's Software Assurance annuity-licensing program.

Topics: Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Has Microsoft Changed Virtualization Tack here?

    From your reference to the MDOP blog posting;
    "Application virtualization is in a small class
    of applications that have very deep
    interactions specific to a Windows release"...

    Has Microsoft changed it's position from
    telling everyone, "to Virtualize everything" to
    only Virtualizing a small proportion of the
    applicatio portfolio. I hope that I am reading
    this wrong - as this is a major - if welcome
    change. As, the previous messaging from
    Microsoft was met with some pretty harsh
    reality checks to the contrary. Looking forward
    to an update on this post.

    cheers,
    Greg Lambert
    www.changebase.com

    greg.lambert@...
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