Microsoft continued its efforts to appeal to Windows shops that use its desktop virtualization tools with additional support for its latest desktop OS, Windows 7.
A new version of Microsoft's application virtualization offering, App-V 4.6, gives IT professionals an alternative to the classic -- and time-consuming -- way of migrating applications to new operating systems versions, said Ruben Spruijt, a technology officer and Microsoft MVP.
"Application virtualization adds agility, reliability and predictability to the desktop environment while lowering the costs," and it is something "every Windows shop can take advantage of," Spruijt said.
Those two migration tools are part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010, and they are available only to Software Assurance customers. App-V is also available through Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services) customers.
The MED-V RC can be downloaded immediately, and the release to manufacturing (RTM) version will be available in April.
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