VMware ThinApp 4.5 reduce amount of coding and testing to move apps to Windows 7

VMware upgraded its ThinApp application virtualisation software to enable migration of apps from older versions of Windows to Windows 7. VMware is expecting Windows 7 to drive increasing virtualisation of desktops and apps. Moving legacy apps to new OS will be difficult, and customers "are looking to use app virtualisation to migrate or simplify migration […]

VMware upgraded its ThinApp application virtualisation software to enable migration of apps from older versions of Windows to Windows 7. VMware is expecting Windows 7 to drive increasing virtualisation of desktops and apps. Moving legacy apps to new OS will be difficult, and customers "are looking to use app virtualisation to migrate or simplify migration of existing apps to Windows 7," says Raj Mallempati. ThinApp, a result of VMware's 2008 acquisition of app virtualisation vendor Thinstall, packages an app and its settings into "a single executable [file] that’s isolated from OS," VMware explains. Packaged app includes registry keys, dynamic link libraries and frameworks, while presenting a virtualised view of app to a user. Apps can be deployed over network or from a USB drive, allowing users to work on apps from various computers. New features include improved memory sharing between multiple instances of apps and reduced file page usage, reducing network bandwidth usage. In addition, registry transaction protection can "ensure registry file integrity and eliminate potential data corruption due to crash or system failure."