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What's new with User Experience Virtualization

Applies to: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7

In April, we announced the beta of a new product called Microsoft UE-V that would be coming to a future version the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). In case you're not familiar with UE-V, the central idea behind it is to enable users to keep their Windows and application experience regardless of what device they use. To learn more about UE-V, check out this Windows for IT Pros blog post: Change the Device, Keep Your Experience.

Over the past few months, we have seen a lot of enthusiasm from the IT pro community, press, and analysts about UE-V. We have also received a good amount of feedback through Microsoft Connect and the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) on features and functionality people want added to the product. This feedback is helping us determine where we should be putting our resources, so please keep it coming.

One of the pieces of feedback we heard was that, while it was great that UE-V could roam operating system (OS) settings between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012, UE-V did not roam settings between all of these operating systems. You told us this was an important scenario as you started looking at Windows 8.1 and that you might want to roam between a Windows 7 desktop and a Windows 8.1 slate. We also heard that you wanted to roam more desktop settings like the Start Menu and Taskbar, folder options, and region and language options.

These features are just a part of what we have added to UE-V, which is available for download here. The following list is a quick breakdown of the high-level features we added to UE-V:

  • Roaming OS settings between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1: Relevant operating system settings between Windows 7 and Windows 8 will now roam across these versions.
  • Roaming of additional operating system settings: We have added settings roaming for the Start Menu, Taskbar, folder options, and region and language.
  • Support for Group Policy: An ADMX template to help keep the agent configuration consistent across your organization is now available.
  • Roaming of Internet Explorer 8 settings: Similar to how we handle Internet Explorer 9 and 10, UE-V will roam the location of the toolbars, Favorites, the home page, and tab layout.
  • Sync of Internet Explorer favorites between versions: Home page settings and Favorites will now roam between Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10.

As you can see we have added a lot of value in the latest release and you can try it out now. Setting up UE-V for the first time is easy; all you need to do is install the agent and have a file share where you can store the settings you want to roam. To learn more about UE-V and how to deploy it, check out the videos and resources on the UE-V resource zone on TechNet.

Thanks for all the interest in UE-V and keep the feedback coming.

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About the author

A.J. Smith photoA.J. Smith is a Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Windows Client Commercial Marketing Team at Microsoft focused on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and User State Virtualization.