Old system

Move your app from unsupported and unsecure operating systems.

Auto Packager
Compatibility container

New system

Move your app to the latest and supported operating system.


Cloudhouse Containers

Cloudhouse Containers resolve problems running 32-bit Windows XP and 7, Server 2003 and 2008, and Internet Explorer-based applications on modern, secure and supported operating systems and platforms from Microsoft and Citrix. Compatibility Containers make this possible with the unique redirection, isolation and compatibility engine included in the Container. Unlike traditional application virtualization or layering solutions which are focused on solving packaging and delivery.

Key Benefits

For EUC and Solution Architects
  • Accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 – don’t worry about the apps
  • Consolidate all your apps to the latest version of XenApp - no more “VDI as a work around”
  • Adopt an “Evergreen IT” strategy – no need to worry about Windows-as-a-Service
For System Integrators
  • Increase operational efficiency by consolidating infrastructure - reduce the solution complexity for your entire delivery platform
  • Deliver greater value, and user experience, for your clients - enable all their applications to benefit from the latest HDX improvements
  • Accelerate and reliably deliver Digital Transformation and Windows 10 projects - meet your customers’ SLAs
For Application Packaging Teams
  • Package on Windows XP, Server 2003 and 2008 and run application on Windows 10 and Server 2016
  • Fast application packaging and editing process (no recompilation), integrate into packaging and analysis workflows, including AppDNA
  • Package applications once, for all desktop and server operating systems, Windows-as-a-Service and the cloud


Cloudhouse Containers provide compatibility for Windows 10 and Server 2016 operating systems, so that 32-bit business applications that can only run on Windows XP/7 and Server 2003/2008 will be compatible with the modern platforms. Unlike application virtualization or layering solutions, which provide packaging as a means of application-to-application isolation or deployment, Cloudhouse Containers abstract applications from the underlying platform, isolate their run times and provide compatibility for 64-bit desktop, server operating systems, Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Office plug-ins. Cloudhouse Containers make it possible to deploy business applications, without code changes, on to the latest platforms from Microsoft and Citrix.

Application Compatibility and Redirection

App to operating system compatibility enables 32-Bit Windows apps written for Windows XP, Server 2003 or 2008 to run on Windows 10 and Server 2016. Redirections can be applied to file, registry, network (IP addresses and ports), and processes (mutexes and semaphores) so that desktop apps can run in multi user environments like Citrix Virtual Apps.

Application Runtime and Isolation

Apps can be packaged with all their dependencies, including outdated run times, or versions that conflict, and safely run alongside other applications. Containers can provide isolation for the runtimes so that they aren’t used by other applications on the server or desktop.

Client-side Integration

Applications don’t need to be packaged together and run in the same Container to work together. Full support for inbound integrations from locally installed applications and Microsoft Office Plugins.

Compatibilty for IE

Applications that depend upon unsupported versions of IE can be deployed and run in IE 11 on Windows 10. The Container will fully manage your browser application without affecting the users general browsing experience; includes redirecting deprecated APIs e.g. Java Script, deploy required runtimes e.g. Java, configure the required browser and site security settings, and manage Enterprise and Compatibility mode settings.

Evergreen IT

Containers provide support for “Evergreen IT” and 6 monthly feature updates released through Windows-as-a-Service, so that organisations can be confident that their line of business applications will continue to work with Windows when new features, and hot fixes are released.

Cloud and Hybrid Ready

Applications packaged in Cloudhouse Containers can easily be moved from on-premises, to hybrid and pure cloud when the time comes, with a single Container for all deployment types, even hybrid deployments are manageable. This is possible because Containers are platform, and cloud agnostic, so you can move between cloud vendors to avoid vendor lock-in. Certified for Microsoft Azure, with full support for Windows operating systems running in Citrix Cloud, Amazon Web Services and all other poplular public clouds.

Familiar Management and Deployment

Containers are managed and deployed with your existing management tools and processes, so you don’t have to invest in training, or infrastructure changes. Containers can be deployed through popular tools such as Microsoft Active Directory, Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft InTune, Citrix Endpoint Management, Windows Store for Business and scripts.

Instant Deploy and Run

Containers include the required user mode runtime, eliminating the need to pre-install players or client-side software. Applications work as though they’re installed natively – with shortcuts and file type associations - users don’t have to change how they work.

Package Once, Run Anywhere

The Auto Packager streamlines the application packaging process with install capture and run time analysis. The packaging process can be fully automated by integrating into application analysis tools like AppDNA. Applications need only be packaged once for all Windows operating systems. Create Containers and improve packaging success rate.

Fast Edit and Zero Recompilation

Reduce the time and frustration for packaging teams face when applications and configuration changes need to be applied. Container editing is quick, and updates and changes can be made instantly without the need to recompile the Container. Application updates, for service packs and version updates, can easily be merged into the Container by applying a new snapshot.

License and Usage Reporting

Understand application usage patterns within your business, see unique user across your apps, on what OS, when and how often they use your essential applications. Application usage and deployment data is sent direct to Cloudhouse, or recorded on a central file share and uploaded to Cloudhouse and imported into your reporting systems.

Platform and Application Compatibility

Platforms Supported

Current Platform Target Platform
Windows Desktop 32-bit Windows XP and Windows 7 64-bit Windows 10 / Windows-as-a-Service
Windows Server 32-bit Windows 2003 and 2008 64-bit Server 2012R2 and Server 2016
Citrix XenApp 4.5, 5.0, 6.5 XenDesktop 5.6 XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x
Internet Explorer IE 6,7,8,9,10 IE 11

Interoperability & Compatibility

Deployment Active Directory, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft InTune, Windows Store for Business, Citrix Endpoint Management, ivanti (LANDESK)
App Management Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Microsoft RDS, VMware Horizon
Personalization ivanti (AppSense), Citrix Profile Management, Microsoft Roaming Profile
Other App Virtualization Microsoft App-v, VMware ThinApp, Numescent
Layering Citrix App Layering, FSLogix, VMware AppVolumes
Virtualization Citrx Hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-v, VMware vSphere
Cloud Amazon Web Services, Citrix Cloud,Microsoft Azure

Unsupported Application Features

16-Bit application on 64-Bit OS 64-Bit OS does not provide a 16-Bit run-time
Apps with 32-Bit shell extensions (or shell integration) for 32-Bit Windows Explorer 64-Bit OS does not provide a 32-Bit Windows Explorer
Driver is incompatible with target operating system, for example only a 32-Bit driver available 64-Bit drivers can be installed during Container deployment
Anti-Virus, Firewall, VPN Kernel mode drivers are not supported

From the blog

Run multiple instances of Skype for Business concurrently

Skype for Business does not allow you to run multiple instances concurrently. But what if you have multiple accounts? Let's see if we can fix this with Cloudhouse Compatibility Containers

Videos of Cloudhouse in action

Over the last few months a couple of our Consultants, Ryan Smith and Tom Parkin have been creating some great videos of Cloudhouse Containers enabling desktop only applications to run on multi-user environment like XenApp; multiple versions of the same application to run on a single desktop. By Stuart Moore, Head of Product

Cloudhouse Compatibility Containers feature on Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge landing page for UWP

Cloudhouse solution for Universal Windows Platform and Windows Store for Business features on Microsoft.com; enables apps incompatible with Win 10 and UWP to use the Desktop App Converter for Windows 10/10 S devices. Cloudhouse is the go-to solution for Enterprise customers wanting to deploy their incompatible line of business apps on Windows 10 or 10 S through the Windows Store for Business and with Microsoft InTune. By Stuart Moore, Head of Product

Certified Containers

Cloudhouse Containers make every application compatible with the newest platforms. It is Citrix Ready for Citrx Virtual Apps and Desktops, Microsoft Azure Certified and compatible with Microsoft Windows 10, Windows-as-a-Service.

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