Get your applications virtualized on Windows 7 Beta with Microsoft App-V

Today I’d like to share with you the immediate availability of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) for use with the Windows 7 Beta and more roadmap information around App-V 4.6.

We’ve been listening to customers who want to see us support Windows 7 early so they can move ahead with their application testing in preparation for their enterprise deployments. Today, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of App-V 4.5 CU1 for the Windows 7 Beta. 

As you know, we have a high bar for application compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7, so you might be wondering why we need an update of App-V specific to Windows 7.  Application virtualization is in a small class of applications that have very deep interactions specific to a Windows release – in App-V’s case it is redirecting the registry, file-system and component calls.  So as we update Windows, we will continue to require new versions of App-V. 

All subscribers of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) can register to download the update from Microsoft Connect and get ahead on their Windows 7 planning right now.   Through MDOP, our goal is to continuously offer technology and updates to our enterprise customers.  When Windows 7 releases, we are committed to supporting the final product within 90 days of general availability.  App-V 4.5 CU1 also contains a small number of improvements such as instant access or removal of applications assigned to end users.

In addition to today’s release, we are also pleased to announce that engineering of the next App-V release is progressing well, and we will be opening the Technical Adoption Program (TAP) for App-V 4.6 shortly.  When released, App-V 4.6 will be available to all existing MDOP customers and provide new key features including 64-bit platform support.  Customers interested in App-V 4.6 can watch for registration to become available at Microsoft Connect in Q1 of 2009.

Customers using App-V today are already realizing the many of the benefits of the product.  Some examples include the reduction in application compatibility test cycles, the increased speed at which they can package and deploy applications to their end users and the flexible deployment options.

We remain dedicated to providing customers with application virtualization technology that has a high degree of compatibility with your existing applications and includes strong, flexible management capabilities.  The management is flexible in that it can stand alone or be integrated with your management suite of choice, such as Microsoft System Center.  This flexibility allows you to easily manage your applications, dramatically reduce your application testing costs, and deploy applications to your business faster.

Comments (31)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Our MDOP customers have told us that they want to see Windows 7 Support for Microsoft Application Virtualization

  2. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has updated its App-V (Application Virtualization, part of MDOP) 4.5 solution to work with

  3. Anonymous says:

    Today, on the MDOP blog, we made some exciting announcements: · App-V 4.5 CU1 is immediately available

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow and what an end to the week from the MDOP team! They just blew it away today announcing Win7 Beta

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just noticed over on the MDOP Blog that Microsoft App-V is now available for use with Windows 7. That

  6. Anonymous says:

    There are two things that have slowed investigation of Windows 7 and 64-bit Terminal Services for many Enteprrises. Those two things are App-V not supporting Windows 7 (yes, I know Windows 7 is …

  7. Anonymous says:

    Der MDOP Blog hält wichtige Neuerungen bereit: Die Softwareverteilungs- und Virtualisierungslösung App-V

  8. Anonymous says:

    U svjetlu onoga što smo pričali na zadnjem Technet skupu, evo par svježih informacija iz Microsfot svijeta

  9. Luca says:

    Can I use it in a standalone way like SVS?



  10. Anonymous says:

    we’re gearing up for a great cwug march meeting and it will feature some of the new virtualization capabilities

  11. Sebastien says:

    I’m trying to install App-V 4.5 CU1  on Windows 7 x64 but it always fail trying to install prerequisite "Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)"

    Even installing it manually won’t fix the problem.


  12. karrial says:

    x64 support for any windows platform, including Win7, does not come until the App-V 4.6 release which is part of the announcement above.

  13. karrial says:

    Luca asked: Can I use this standalone?

    Yes,absolutely. App-V can be used standalone.  You can output an MSI from the sequencer and deploy it through any software distribution system that supports MSI.  Here is a link to additional information on App-V’s flexible deployment options.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has made a few of announcements recently. Now that I'm back from the MVP Summit in Redmond

  15. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has made a few of announcements recently. Now that I'm back from the MVP Summit in Redmond

  16. Anonymous says:

    Nu er det også muligt at anvende App-V, Microsoft Application Virtualization, i Windows 7 Beta. We’ve

  17. Anonymous says:

    Наши заказчики использующие MDOP сказали нам, что хотели бы видеть поддержку Windows 7 для Microsoft

  18. Anonymous says:

    As part of our promise to maximize productivity, manageability and TCO for enterprise desktops, we are

  19. Anonymous says:

    It’s great to learn that MED-V is now available to customers with the new version of MS Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for customers with Software Assurance. See Ran’s post here. Following are excerpts from Ran’s post: MED-V provides deployment and

  20. Anonymous says:

    All the details can be found on the Official MDOP blog   Highlights: APP-V 4.5 CU1 is now available

  21. Derek Bowen says:

    Anyone know if 4.6 will have the ability to deploy software by computer name/group and not just by user?

  22. Anonymous says:

    엔터프라이즈 데스크톱에 대한 관리 비용 감소 및, 생산성 향상, 그로 인한 TCO 절감을 꾀할 수 있는 Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack(MDOP) 의

  23. Anonymous says:

    Suurasakkamme ovat antaneet meille palautetta: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack -ohjelmiston osana

  24. tower defense says:

    I’m trying to install App-V 4.5 CU1  on Windows 7 x64 but it always fail trying to install prerequisite Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86).

    CU1 is not supported on x64.  X64 support comes in the next release 4.6 due out in H1CY2010

  25. Andrew.Fryer says:

    For those that want to try before they buy and have a TechNet subscription, you can download MDOP with app-v in it at


    ..and if you haven’t got a subscription and you’re in the UK please tell me why not and I’ll see what  I can do

  26. cicicocuk says:

    Наши заказчики использующие MDOP сказали нам, что хотели бы видеть поддержку Windows 7 для Microsoft

  27. Free MMO Games says:

    Awesome. Im looking forward to Windows 7 now.

  28. lasik cost says:

    i got some problem when I’m trying to install App-V 4.5 CU1


    You best bet is to submit your questions to the App-V Forums on the App-V TechCenter and see if anyone else in the community has run into a similar issue or open a support case with Microsoft.

  29. U2 Pas says:

    As mentioned in article – App V4.6 should be available end of Q1/2009 – but I cannot find it anywhere in connect. Isn’t it yet released ? Is there any workaround for x64 testing now with 4.5 ?


    App-V 4.6 was released to Beta on Monday and can be downloaded on Microsoft Connect.  This is the version that will support 64-bit.  There are no plans to enable 4.5 to support 64-bit, you’ll need to upgrade your client to the 4.6 version

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