Microsoft preparing application virtualization ubiquity

After detailing what to expect from System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) beta 2 and when, at MMS2007 Microsoft took time to provide scattered but interesting informations about SoftGrid integration in its software offering, after one year since Softricity acquisition.

A MMS2007 blogger is reporting:

  • Availability of pre-sequenced applications for the Softgrid application virtualisation platform next to the current installation methodes and engines
  • Softgrid full integration in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (formerly Systems Management Server or SMS)

Update: The Micosoft SoftGrid development team also published some details about upcoming versions of server, client and sequencer:

SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 is mostly a hotfix and critical updates release, improving overall system stability and compatibility. A noteworthy improvement is the ability to sequence applications using Side by Side assemblies (aka WinSxS), including Visual Studio Express and Office 2007, among many other applications from both third party ISV’s and Microsoft. Expected availability is in the second quarter of this year and the release will be made available for download as soon as test is completed. We will release the Sequencer, Desktop Client, Terminal Server Client and Server at the same time.

SoftGrid 4.2 builds on the 4.1 improvements by adding Windows Vista compatibility, both on the sequencer and client. There is not going to be a 4.2 version of the Server or the Terminal Server client as the moniker 4.2 is reserved for the components adding Windows Vista compatibility. We expect a final release some time around Q3 of this year…