VMware's ThinApp follows on the tails of Citrix and its own rival suite, XenApp.
What — what? XenApp versus ThinApp? Isn't that a just a terribly convenient way to draw attention to the products' similarities. Why a cynic might even go so far to say it's intentional.
But still, VMware's turnaround of ThinApp was relatively short. At least the company appears still somewhat light on its feet despite the swelling post-IPO.
The general availability release of ThinApp 4.0 will include new toys such as dynamic linking between self-contained applications and over-the-wire app updates via HTTP/HTTPs.
VMware's enterprise desktop boss Jerry Chen said that having each virtualized application isolated in a separate container is good for security and mobility — but it makes communication between two applications difficult.
For instance, take Microsoft Word and PowerPoint: two programs commonly used together. In order to cooperate previously, they would have needed to be contained in a single uber container. Application Link lets the apps make nice in the isolation of their individual bubbles.