App-V 4.6 SP3 released

Service Pack 3 for App-V 4.6 is also released as part of the MDOP 2013 R2 release as well.

You will need this version to deploy App-V 4.6 packages to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

More info: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/12/02/announcing-mdop-2013-r2.aspx

App-V 5.0 Service Pack 2 RTM released

Today Microsoft announced the release of App-V 5.0 SP2 as part of the MDOP 2013 R2 release.
Besides the typical under the hood improvements, SP2 contains the following new functionality:

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (RDSH) support.

Shell extension support:
Better integration with the local operating system, providing contextual options in the Windows shell for applications that would provide this when installing them natively, like “extract to” and “add to archive” available in popular files compression tools.

Sequencing enhancements:
The sequencer is now able to detect some commonly used application dependencies, like MSXML and Visual C++ run times. The sequencer is now able to include these runtimes in the .APPV package, no longer requiring you to install these runtimes locally on your clients.

“Perceived” performance improvement of publishing refresh:
1. An optional progress bar is introduced which provides real-time feedback to the user of the publishing refresh that is taking place.
2. Before SP2, shortcuts in the programs menu and desktop were refreshed after each application that was added by the publishing refresh. Meaning if a user would have access to 30 applications and logging on to a pristine environment (E.g. stateless VDI) shortcuts would be refreshed 30 times, which can in turn cause a lot of flickering and when such a refresh would occur while you are ‘browsing’ your programs menu it would collapse. With SP2 a refresh of newly added shortcuts occurs after each fifth application that was successfully published.

Microsoft Office 2013 support:

Provides an Office Deployment tool to easily create Office 2013 App-V packages.

For more information visit: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/12/02/announcing-mdop-2013-r2.aspx