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Running Silverlight and Any Other Windows Application in a Sandbox

by Abel Avram on Apr 14, 2009 |

Xenocode, an application virtualization company, has recently added support for Silverlight allowing companies to publish Silverlight applications in a sandbox without needing a runtime to be installed. Actually, any Windows application can run in the same manner regardless to the browser or underlying operating system.

Trying to alleviate security concerns which stop Silverlight applications from being deployed on enterprise computers, Xenocode has added support for Microsoft’s RIA platform allowing such applications to run in a sandbox, being isolated from the user’s system, without the need for any program installation or configuration. Examples of sandboxed Silverlight applications can be found on Xenocode’s site.

Xenocode approach uses a virtualization solution which emulates core operating system functionality. An application is prepared in a running state and deployed through a click via XStream, a patent pending delivery technology licensed by Novell that works over the Internet, intranet or from USB storage devices. An application is made “ready” with Xenocode’s Virtual Application Studio 2009 which can prepare any Windows application to be virtualized. MSI setups, Novell AXT, and ThinApp configurations can be prepared with a single click. Then the application can be added to a web site with a single HTML line. Virtualized applications run in separate sandboxed isolated from each other, they do not need to be installed on user’s system or special administrative rights being the promising deployment solution of the future.

Xenocode’s virtualization solution works with any major browser without regard to the operating system. A copy of the operating system does not need to be deployed along with the virtualized application. Virtualized examples are: Microsoft Office, Open Office, IE8, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome, WinAmp, and others.

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