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VMware ThinApp 4.0 available through Workgroup

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The VMware division at Workgroup has announced the local availability of VMware ThinApp 4, an application virtualisation solution that lets customers run multiple versions of virtually any application on any Windows operating system without conflict.

ThinApp, based on Thinstall technology, needs no pre-installed software on physical or virtual PCs and no new deployment infrastructure or management tools, says Angeline De Castro, business unit manager: virtualization at Workgroup.
"ThinApp dramatically improves application packages, delivery and management by enabling plug-and-play applications using an enterprises existing systems and management tools," says De Castro. "ThinApp packages applications in familiar formats that can plug into existing infrastructure for software license management, deployment, audit and compliance."
ThinApp 4 introduces two new features: Application Link and Application Sync, which enable two virtualized applications to communicate with each other and remote virtual applications to be updated. These features are important for easier management of the virtual applications. ThinApp extends VMware's desktop virtualisation product family to enable management solutions for both desktops and applications.
"Traditional application packages and delivery tools are fraught with application and operating systems conflicts, which lead to a 'brittle' desktop environment," says De Castro. "ThinApp eliminates these conflicts and securely packages applications for delivery to physical and virtual desktops throughout the extended enterprise resulting in an application delivery solution that lets IT administrators define their technology roadmaps based on their business needs rather than being constrained by application limitations."
De Castro says that customers want application virtualisation technologies that do not restrict applications to one presentation format or another. ThinApp enables the same virtual application to be streamed from a network, presented from a terminal server, delivered to USB stick, or delivered through standard software delivery tools with little or no integration required.
ThinApp also helps IT administrators manage applications that do not run as well in shared-user environments such as Microsoft Terminal Server. By creating a separate instance with its own private sandbox, each application runs in the context of each user session without having to be modified; if a user 'breaks' the application, other users are not impacted.