Every now again people have to go back on a decision that they’ve made and make a U-turn.
At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware have announced a reversal of their decision earlier this year to discontinue the sale of ThinApp as a standalone product.
After December 15th 2013 it would only have been possible to purchase ThinApp as a part of the Horizon Suite but these plans have now been binned and ThinApp will continue to be available as a standalone product.
To be honest, I didn’t know about the original announcement when it happened but it’s nice that VMware have listened to feedback and changed their stance. VMTN Subscription anyone??
ThinApp has been a version 4.x product almost since VMware acquired it in 2008. On Wednesday at VMworld version 5.0 was announced and it is expected to be generally available from the end of October 2013.
With a major version bump like this you’d rightly expect some significant changes. Perhaps the most significant of these is the inclusion of support for virtualising 64-bit applications.
There have also been some architectural changes to the level of virtualisation to increase and simplify application compatibility. Together these two enhancements are likely to mean that a greater range of applications can be virtualised – something that might have held some organisations back from adopting ThinApp in the past.
One other thing that we can apparently look forward to in ThinApp 5.0 is easier integration with persona management solutions. Great for Horizon View projects! Check out the full list of changes on this VMware blog posting.
For many I suspect, this will be a welcome and maybe long overdue release.
The VMware ThinApp team recently ran a 6-day bootcamp that I mentioned a week or so ago. The bootcamp finished yesterday but, if you’ve been following the daily episodes, you will know that they’ve pulled out one extra little surprise.
On November 15th a new episode will be posted on the bootcamp page on the subject of ThinApp application management using VMware Horizon Application Manager. That’s got to be worth checking out!
Earlier in the year VMware ran a View 4.6 BootCamp that was well received. As a natural follow-up to that, next week sees the start of a six part ThinApp BootCamp.
Starting on Monday 31st October and running for six business days, the ThinApp BootCamp will see the following videos released, one per day:
- ThinApp Design Best Practices
- ThinApp Implementation Best Practices
- ThinApp Performance Enhancing Techniques
- Scripting within ThinApp
- Isolation Modes Explained
- AppLink Fundamentals
At the end of the BootCamp you can register to download an eBook copy of all of the presentations.
If you’re using or thinking of using ThinApp, this BootCamp is a free and self-paced method of learning more. To find out more, head over to the BootCamp’s page here.