Spoon, a virtualization platform builder formerly known as Xenocode, is serving up a streaming server that loads applications over the Web without requiring runtimes or driver downloads.
Spoon Server became generally available last week. It allows developers to embed any version of Adobe AIR, Java runtimes or the .NET framework into an executable. Applications can be deployed without the runtime being present on an end user’s machine.
Other dependencies such as Flash or SQL Express may also be included, said founder and CEO Kenji Obata. The server supports 64-bit applications.
Applications are streamed through HTTP on port 80 (which is not blocked by firewalls) through a browser plug-in that works with all major browsers, said Obata. The server uses a predictive streaming engine to deliver application bits as needed to the client, he added.
The company has set up a browser sandbox to demonstrate both the isolation and virtualization capabilities of its application virtualization engine. It allows Web developers to test their code against every version of every popular Web browser, Obata said.
Spoon Server is offered under a per-seat licensing more for enterprises, and a per application license model for software publishers. A free evaluation is available on the Spoon website.