App-V Great Service, but superseded by MSIX
Updated April 29, 2021

App-V Great Service, but superseded by MSIX

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)

We use Microsoft APP-V to simplify our software deployment to over 7500 systems across 120 sites. It is integral to our operating system and software deployment, as we have over 175 pieces of software the need to be put on both staff and student machines. Prior to implementing APP-V our golden image needed to manage those 175 pieces of software and we found that software updating regularly meant that our image went out of date quickly.
  • Install Software based on AD group assignment
  • Safely and quickly uninstall from devices
  • Updating is a bit more difficult but manageable.
  • Complicated software installs of interacting software needs significant care
  • Updating software requires a pristine virtual machine to update a packager
  • No longer being updated so new software practices aren't correctly captured.
  • Faster turn around for using Operating System Deployment as a solution to complex problems
  • Maintain software versioning up to date
  • Requires dedicated software packaging support
APP-V is able to do the majority of software packages for internal organization use, but when you get to a program that is space and resource intensive, moving to EMCO MSI Package Builder will allow you to capture the entire install process as well as any complex configurations needed for file locations, save directories, or the registry.
APP-V is no longer a supported technology and is on the way out, only on legacy support at this time. The changes in security emphasis in windows, as well as the changes in software development have meant that APP-V is no longer able to correctly package software. It has been superseded by the MSIX format and distribution via the Microsoft Store for Business.

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Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Microsoft Azure
For large organizations that need software to update at the control of the IT department APP-V is a godsend to manage deployment based on AD group assignment, maintaining software versioning for specific services or upgrades, and areas where you need to make software available without having to install the entire package - the streaming portion of APP-v publishes a shortcut on the desktop, then streams the install on demand.

Microsoft App-V Feature Ratings

Application support
Device support
Ease of deployment
Application packaging