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App-V Beta Built for Office 2013 Beta

App-V, now nearly on version 5.0, is a cool product with a cooler history. Originally called Softgrid, it was acquired from a company called Softricity. Here is the short version of how it was built, as I recall it: Back in the early days of the Boston Computer Museum, there was an exhibit for kids. You know how kids are -- they will beat the heck out of any PC placed before them. The result? One broken PC. The founders of Softricity had to find a way to sandbox or virtualize these apps to keep them away from the registry and Windows DLLs.

Today that is App-V which creates a wrapper around apps, and streams them from a server.

What's interesting about the beta of App-V 5.0 is it can package up the preview of Office 2013.

So if you are bold enough to run beta software on top of beta software, and don't mind a bit of virtualization to boot, you might want to give it a try.

Oh, in case I forgot, I believe you have to be a Software Assurance customer to qualify.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/27/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Mon, Jul 30, 2012

I may be mistaken, but I do not belive that is 100% true. If you take part in the Office 365 preview (which is really Office 2013), you can also use your 365 preview account to stream it to other PC's via App-V. You don't get to package it and play with App-V using this route, but you do get to try out Office 2013 as package via App-V by Microsoft...

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