Microsoft Application Virtualization is the new name for SoftGrid, version 4.5 beta available today

Following the announcement of Hyper-V (formerly codename Viridian / Windows Server Virtualization), Microsoft also discloses new name for its application virtualization solution acquired by Softricity one year and a half ago.

Microsoft dropped SoftGrid in favor of Application Virtualization (a choice that will confuse customers indeed) but didn’t change the actual delivery method: the upcoming version 4.5, which is expected for H2 2008, will be released only for Software Assurance customers through the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

Brian Madden published a detailed list of new features, which includes new architecture, new capture capabilities for the Sequencer, and a new security model.

The related beta program starts today on Microsoft Connect.