Yesterday Alessandro leaked that VMware is planning on renaming the Thinstall product to "ThinApp" in the next release. Since then I've received emails from four different people at Citrix laughing at VMware, saying "can you believe this?!?" And now the bloggers started commenting that this is embarrassing for VMware since Citrix just renamed Presentation Server to XenApp.
Maybe I'm in a bad mood because it's 4:30am and I'm working. But I don't get what the big deal is?
First of all, I don't think Citrix has a leg to stand on when it comes to making fun of another company for changing their product's name. And if Citrix thinks that VMware is just trying to copy them with the "App" name, I'd like to remind them of a certain iForum press conference I sat in on back in 2004 when VMware was just starting to become a buzz, and Mark Templeton suddenly decided that Citrix MetaFrame had been in the "virtualization" business longer than VMware, since MetaFrame was actually "application virtualization." And frankly VMware could call this thing "NoApp" and it would still be faster and way easier to use than Citrix's XenApp streaming capability
And really, how much does this name change cost VMware to "copy" Citrix? I'll bet that it's a lot less than $500 million!
A thousand bucks says the name ThinApp is around longer than XenApp.