I just started evaluating App-V for our application virtualization and have the below question.

Can a locally installed application talk to a virtualized application? for an example, if I sequence an Excel Add-In, will it be loading when a user launch the locally installed Excel (not the sequenced excel + Add-In shortcut)?

We have a bunch of office Add-Ins, and most of them are Excel. So, creating a separate shortcut for each Add-In doesn't look like a good option. Also, as a end user, he shouldn’t be bothered about launching a particular version of Excel for a particular Excel Add-In. When he launch the locally installed Excel, all his Excel Add-Ins should be loaded.

I am doing my own research and any help from the App-V experts would be greatly appreciated.



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Yes, the answer is 'No'.. All the best for your research.. If you found any solution, Please let us know..

Answered 10/08/2012 by: jagadeish
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  • Thank you for the response, Jagadeish. Sure, I'll definitely share my findings as I progress. I thought there would be some workaround as this is a common requirement. :-)
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short answer: no


basic rule here is that the bubble can interact with the host OS, but the host OS is unaware of the App-V bubble's contents

the need for separate shortcuts for office addins remains one of my biggest frustrations when creating App-V packages

Answered 10/08/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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  • Thank you for the response. I know that first point is the fact or reality, but thinking there would be some workaround as this is a common requirement for all (a poor optimistic thinking though;-)). Anyways, thanks again for you reply.
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