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Introducing Windows Server® 2008 by The Microsoft Windows Server Team, Mitch Tulloch

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SoftGrid Application Virtualization

Finally, another upcoming virtualization technology you should know about is SoftGrid Application Virtualization, which Microsoft took ownership of when it acquired Softricity in July 2006. SoftGrid provides a different kind of virtualization than we’ve been discussing here—instead of virtualizing an entire operating system, it virtualizes only an application. This functionality makes SoftGrid a more fine-grained virtualization technology than Windows Server virtualization. Also, it’s designed not for the server end but for deploying applications to desktops easily and updating them as necessary.

Essentially, what SoftGrid can do using its streaming delivery mechanism is to transform any Windows program into ...

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