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Microsoft adds app virtualization features for Windows 7 migrations

Microsoft added features to App-V 4.6 and MED-V SP1 RC for migrating desktop apps to Windows 7, but Windows shops will want to test the application virtualization tools first.

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.

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Microsoft's application virtualization tool: a closer look
Microsoft's Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 1.0 SP1 Release Candidate is intended to let corporate IT deliver legacy applications that aren't supported on Windows 7 and new versions of Internet Explorer to end users. The product also makes it simpler to maintain, manage and control the apps, according to Spruijt.

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.

Existing MDOP customers can get App-V 4.6 by downloading MDOP 2010 at the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS) . To test MDOP 2010 before purchasing, it can be downloaded from MSDN or TechNet.

The MED-V RC can be downloaded immediately, and the release to manufacturing (RTM) version will be available in April.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer.

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