Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 reaches Release Candidate status

The newest version of SoftGrid, rebranded Application Virtualization (and App-V if one name is not enough for you), is almost finished.

Today Microsoft releases the first Release Candidate which introduces a number of new features like:

  • HTTP streaming
    Virtual applications can be streamed from an IIS server 6 or 7
  • New GUI for Sequencer
  • Sequencer support for MSI packages
    The Sequencer now supports the creation of MSI packages, eliminating the need for a server environment
  • Reporting
    Offline usage of applications or usage of applications when streaming from different sources is now accounted in the Application Virtualization database
  • Support for System Center Operation Manager (SCOM) 2008 
    A Management Pack for SCOM 2008 is now available.

Application Virtualization 4.5 will be available only through the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for those customers that subscribe the Software Assurance. The others can only continue complaining.

Enroll for the beta here.