I am excited to announce the availability of FlexApp v6.8.5, our latest release that brings new life to the legacy Microsoft App-V format by converting them into FlexApps automatically. With this release, FlexApp now supports modern applications such as MSIX en masse, making it the highest-ranked application compatibility solution in the industry.
FlexApp containerizes virtually any Windows app into a portable virtual hard disk that can contain one or more applications. These applications are never installed into a Windows base image, but simply “attached,” appearing and reacting as if they were natively installed. This approach simplifies base image management and has won FlexApp several industry awards.
Enterprises with hundreds or even thousands of apps have found FlexApp easy to adopt, thanks to its fully automated packaging console. The console already supports every popular Windows application format installed and has now been enhanced to include Microsoft App-V and MSIX application formats. The benefit of converting any application to the FlexApp format is that base image management becomes very straightforward. A more general image can be leveraged across all users in the organization, while the apps they need are simply attached by user, group, or other context-aware attribute.
We are also proud to extend the functionality of our recent FlexApp One self-contained application format in this version. FlexApp One packages are ultra-portable and can be deployed by any means, including Microsoft Intune, cloud file sharing services, any software deployment solution, or leading third-party management control planes such as Nerdio Manager from Nerdio.
FlexApp One package creation is now easier than ever with integrated support in FlexApp’s packaging console. The console also includes additional features such as the FlexApp Packager API, predictive block caching, triggers for compliance use cases, and packager built-in rollback and auto OS optimization.
Additional features in FlexApp v6.8.5 include:
• FlexApp Packager API – third-party vendors, such as application testing software solutions, can now easily and directly package FlexApps with this new API
• Predictive Block Caching — Cloud or on-prem hosted FlexApp packages now benefit from predictive block caching to the end user session, enabling large applications to launch at native speeds
• Triggers — FlexApps can be applied or removed from users’ workspaces during the user session based on criteria that may have changed, such as location or time of day, supporting compliance use cases
• Packager Built-in Rollback and Auto OS Optimization — The FlexApp Packaging Console now features the ability to roll the OS back and that the OS is optimized for seamless packaging
• Additional new features include version control, merge layer capabilities, post-login support of app attachment, and more!
The latest version is now available for a free trial, download here.