App-V 5.0 Beta 2 available for download

Yesterday, Microsoft made the App-V 5.0 Beta 2 publically available on Microsoft Connect.

Besides many “under the hood” improvements, the following noticable¬†functionality has been added to this release:

  • Diagnostics and monitoring - Reporting information can be generated on the App-V clients. The reporting can be used to analyze, inventory and troubleshoot App-V client usage.
  • End-to-End programmability - More Powershell functionality to automate App-V server, client and application sequencing operations.
  • Updated App-V Client console - With more IT Pro level capabilities using the UI.
  • Additional/improved Integration - Microsoft Office 2013 consumer preview is made available as an App-V package out-of-the-box. System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Beta will be able to manage App-V 5.0 Beta 2 clients/applications.

As I’ve mentioned before, get your hands on this and start testing. But don’t only sequence new applications, also invest time and effort on application package migration, since¬†your App-V 4.x packages will not work untill you migrate them to the new App-V 5.0 format.