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Announcing Managed Desktop Optimization Pack 2010 

Posted By:  Adam Bomb 
Publish Date: 2/22/2010


Today, we held a webcast with Forrester where we announced the release of the Managed Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010. MDOP is a toolkit of a bunch of applications and tools to help improve the desktop experience in enterprise environments, with easier management of applications, virtualization, etc. You can find out more about MDOP at http://www.microsoft.com/mdop
The big news though, in MDOP 2010, is a new version of App-V, the utility that allows you to virtualize applications and make them available from anywhere.

       
  • App-V is now compatible with x64 platforms including Windows 7, WS2008 R2 and down-level to XP.  
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  • App-V enables Windows 7 mobile users to access apps on the road without worrying about install issues or conflicts while. Virtual apps are available offline and can be streamed over the internet. 
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  • Virtual applications supported in new local languages, for a total of 24 languages, to meet global business needs.
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  • WS 2008 R2 RDS with App-V consolidates servers and provides session virtualization for on premise/remote users via the Internet or Intranet.

There are some great stories coming out around how App-V has accelerated software deployments - the goal was to reduce what takes a full day of work to one hour.  Customers like Florida International University are succeeding.
The Windows and Office teams at Microsoft are working closely together to make Office 2010 a great virtual app experience.  If you were thinking of holding off on your Windows 7 deployment until Office 2010 was ready so you could deploy both at the same time, you don't need to.  Deploy Windows 7 today to start giving users the benefits of the OS, and then quickly deploy Office 2010 via App-V when it's ready.  You'll even be able to run Office 2010 side by side without conflicts.