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APPtechnology Event: Enterprise solution for running 16-bit programs on a 64-bit Windows 10

We had a great day with 70,000 desktops being represented by the enterprises attending our interactive demonstration day at the Gherkin in July, showing how enterprises can finally solve legacy application problems as they migrate onto Windows 10.

All too often legacy 16 bit and 32 bit applications can be a blocker for an enterprise Windows migration. Especially as enterprises look embrace the challenges of migrating to a 64 bit Windows 10 platform and new security capabilities. In the past the only solution for these legacy applications was to leave physical or virtual machines running an old version of Widows in the estate, and accept the security vulnerabilities, or use a non-enterprise solution like DOSBOX to provide support for 16 bit applications on a Windows x86 or x64 platform. Typically ‘RED’ applications become either migration killers or a compromise to the security of your enterprise.

We set the challenge in our last blog post to move away from boring presentation led conferences, and to deliver smaller workshop based interactive discussion groups, and we hope we achieved it. Starting off with food, drinks and networking at the top of the Gherkin, APPtechnology’s Martin Sweeney showed how we can help accelerate, automate and share best practices to shave months of wasted time and money off a Windows 10 migration. We then had Sphere3D CEO Eric Kelly share the origins of the company and products like SnapSync, Glassware and the V3 VDI platform.

Finally, I had to step up to the plate with a quick live demo of Glassware. Showing how you can seamlessly run a 16bit version of Photoshop 6 alongside Microsoft Office XP and Open Office 1.1.5 with full cut and paste capabilities between the applications and the 64bit Windows 10 laptop I was running the demo on. I was then able to pass around an IPad Air and Galaxy Tab to show these same applications running on a non-Windows platform.

With a round table setup, we then had a lively Q&A looking at a wide range of potential use cases for Glassware. Ranging from supporting old versions of Cognos, supporting legacy web applications that require outdated browsers of plugins, up to supporting a modern Microsoft Office rollout across a non-Windows estate.

We’ll be looking to host another event following the summer holidays, but if you have a challenging ‘Red’ application that is holding up your migration or leaving parts of your enterprise on old insecure platforms we’d love to take the Pepsi-challenge and show you that application running on a modern, in support Windows, iOS or Android Platform!

Author: Mark Churly, Head of Software Solutions

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