June 10, 2008 - VMware, Inc., announced the upcoming availability of VMware ThinApp 4, an application virtualization solution.


ThinApp, based on Thinstall technology, requires no pre-installed software on physical, virtual PCs, deployment infrastructure or management tools. ThinApp improves application packaging, delivery and management by enabling plug-and-play applications using an enterprise’s existing systems and management tools. It packages applications in familiar formats (.MSI or .EXE) 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. Highlights include:


  • Application Link. Free-flowing communication between interdependent virtual applications.
  • Application Sync. Application Sync streams byte-level updates to users’ critical applications inside and outside the enterprise using HTTP/HTTPS, and on managed and nonmanaged PCs running virtualized applications.
  • Agentless application virtualization. ThinApp uses Thinstall technology.
  • Works with existing management tools. Plugs into existing processes and desktop management tools to reduce the costs and complexity around managing the physical and virtual desktop.
  • Conflict-free applications. Applications are isolated from the underlying operating systems.
  • Control of the desktop. ThinApp, along with VMware’s desktop virtualization family of products (ACE, Fusion, Workstation and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) enables IT to segment their applications, operating systems and migration deployments decreasing complexity of managing the desktop.

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