Spoon (formerly Xenocode) is a set of software products and services developed by the Code Systems Corporation for application virtualization, portable application creation, and digital distribution. Code Systems Corporation is an American corporation headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and is best known for its Spoon products that include Browser Sandbox, Spoon Studio, Spoon Server, and Spoonium.
Kenji Obata founded Code Systems Corporation in 2006 and introduced Spoon’s precursor, Xenocode. Xenocode was an early application virtualization engine for the Windows platform. Obata serves as the CEO of the corporation, which has become commonly known as Spoon since a rebranding in 2010.
Spoon’s tools package conventional software applications for Microsoft Windows in a portable application format that can be delivered via a single executable or streamed over the web. Files and settings automatically synchronize across devices via Spoon’s patented virtualization technology which allows access to local files and printers from web-based applications.
About the company
CEO Obata graduated from Yale University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics (summa cum laude). He spent several years as a development lead at Microsoft Corporation before attending the University of California, Berkeley to obtain his Ph.D in Computer Science. After receiving his Ph.D., Obata returned to Seattle in 2006 to grow the company.
From 2006 to 2009, the Code Systems Corporation developed Xenocode, one of the first application virtualization engines for the Windows platform. The product focused on application deployment via preconfigured executables.
Spoon was launched in 2010 as a reintroduction of Xenocode’s virtualization engines. Spoon’s technology combines application and storage virtualization with web-based network and synchronization protocols, machine learning algorithms, and semistructured large data storage systems. Spoon.net virtual applications run in isolated sandboxes, allowing multiple application versions to run simultaneously without conflict. Spoon.net uses technologies such as Scala, Akka, Lift, and AWS to build its website and server systems.
Spoon technology is used by industry-leading educational, entertainment, financial, government, health care, and information technology organizations. Spoon’s customer base consists of tens of thousands of organizations and millions of end users.
Products include solutions for enterprise software distribution; web development and testing tools such as Browser Sandbox, Browser Studio, and Spoonium; and free accounts that allow users to stream hundreds of brand-name applications like Skype, Chrome, and Firefox without installing them. All accounts also come with cloud storage hosted on Spoon.net.
Spoon is headquartered in Seattle, is profitable and employee-owned, and adds thousands of new users each week.
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
Spoon.net, the official website of Spoon, hosts applications that can be launched via the web with no installation. Spoon’s application library includes popular software like Chrome, Skype, VLC Media Player, SketchUp, and hundreds of other top free and open-source applications. Spoon works through a small browser plugin with no administrative privileges or drivers required.
In addition to functioning as a convenient tool for individuals, Spoon is often used by professionals who work from multiple desktops, small businesses and teams requiring collaboration, and larger enterprises with distributed or remote workforces. The introduction of Spoonium, which combines Selenium with Spoon browsers for unlimited automated browser testing, has increased Spoon’s utilization as a web development and testing tool.
Spoon works by materializing a virtual environment on the endpoint device, transferring application components required for execution, capturing application interactions with the storage system into a sandbox, and synchronizing the sandbox contents back to the cloud.
The Spoon Virtual Machine is a lightweight implementation of core operating system APIs, including the filesystem, registry, process, and threading subsystems; it is completely implemented within the Windows user-mode space. Applications executing within the Spoon virtual environment interact with a virtualized filesystem, registry, and process environment, rather than directly with the host device operating system. The virtualization engine handles requests within the virtualized environment internally or, when appropriate, routes requests to the host device filesystem and registry, possibly redirecting or overriding requests as determined by the virtual application configuration.
Cross-browser testing - Browser Sandbox
Spoon.net hosts browsersandbox.com, which allows users to run multiple versions of browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and mobile browsers on a single machine. Web developers can use Browser Sandbox for cross-browser testing to ensure websites function correctly in multiple versions of popular browsers.
Virtualized browsers behave exactly like installed browsers, and because they run locally, web applications tests can be hosted on the user’s own development machine or on internal servers.
Similar to their Browser Sandbox, Spoon hosts an extensive application library filled with hundreds of free and open-source applications that Spoon streams to end users. The app library is part of Spoon’s free basic account and lets anyone stream and use full desktop applications like Skype, Google Chrome, VLC media player, Sublime Text, Notepad++, and GIMP without installing them.
Spoon virtual applications do not need to be accessed through a browser. Users with Spoon’s plugin can press [Alt+Win] to bring up the Spoon Console, which acts as an alternate Start menu that can launch both local and virtualized applications and files.
Spoon claims that running these applications in virtual sandboxes is faster, safer, and more portable than installing them locally.
|Developer(s)||Code Systems Corporation|
|Stable release||2013 (v11.4.165) / November 8, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||portable application creators, Application_virtualization|
Spoon Studio (formerly Xenocode Virtual Application Studio) is an application virtualization tool that runs on Microsoft Windows. The tool packages software applications into portable applications; these single executable files can be run instantly on any Windows computer. Spoon Studio emulates the operating system features that are necessary for applications to run and therefore reduces resource overhead. Spoon Studio allows the user to convert existing applications into virtual applications. Deployment models include standalone EXE, MSI package, and HTTP-based delivery via the Spoon browser plugin.
Spoon Studio packages all application files, settings, runtimes, and components into a single package that runs instantly with zero setup. The Spoon virtual machine supports all versions of the .NET Framework and Java, thus allowing users to execute .NET, Java, and AIR-based applications with no separate installations. Spoon allows legacy applications to run properly on new operating systems, thereby reducing the cost and risk associated with operating system rollouts.
Spoon is the only virtualization engine in its class to support virtualization of both 32- and 64-bit applications; system services and databases such as SQL Server; and advanced software technologies such as DCOM and SxS. Fully user-mode implementation eliminates the need for device drivers, reboots, and administrative privileges.
|Stable release||2013 (v3.2.113)|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
Spoon Server is an application deployment platform that allows software packaged with Spoon Studio to be deployed, patched, and managed via the web. End users log into a website from any browser and are able to launch and use desktop-level applications like Microsoft Word and Photoshop without having to install them. It is a private version of the Spoon.net service.
Applications are streamed to user desktops and run on clean desktops without administrative privileges. Desktops can be re-imaged and locked-down.
Spoon Server includes additional administrative features such as AD/LDAP integration, user and group application access control, usage logging, and analytics.
Spoonium is an online Selenium grid with unlimited hours and parallel tests. Selenium, an open-source software testing framework for web applications, allows developers to author tests without learning a scripting language. Spoonium’s Beta version was released for free unlimited use in June 2014 and currently serves as a combination of Selenium and Spoon’s Browser Sandbox.
Spoonium features secure virtual containers that directly access local resources, as well as high-performance test execution with no waiting in test queues. Spoon virtual containers address a common concern among testers regarding potential security issues when using outside testing services.
In contrast with other automated testing services like Browserstack or Sauce Labs, Spoonium does not set limits on hours of testing or the number of browsers a user can run in parallel.
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