Today Microsoft announced important updates for business customers considering Windows 7 deployment. Specifically, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 is now available and includes App-V 4.6, supporting Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 for RDS and Office 2010. The App-V support for Office 2010 means customers can do a one-touch deployment and do not have to wait for Office 2010 to deploy Windows 7.
Additionally, Microsoft released the MED-V 1.0 SP1 Release Candidate, which creates managed virtual machines running previous versions of Windows and Internet Explorer so users can upgrade to Windows 7. The RTM version of MED-V 1.0 SP1 will be available in April, but customers can start taking advantage of the technology now.
Along with these MDOP updates, Gavriella Schuster, General Manager of Windows Product Management, shared new information from Forrester around Windows 7’s Total Economic Impact (TEI), as well as details from IDC on Windows 7 deployment and how Microsoft partner Alinean’s ROI calculator can help companies determine the type of return they can expect once they’ve deployed Windows 7.
Lastly, several customers and MVPs that have provided extensive feedback and you’ll see examples of this in the various Microsoft blogs, as well as the independent MVP blogs.
- Ment Van Der Plas talks App-V deployment with System Center Configuration Manager and Sequencing Office 2010.
- Daniel Nerenberg shares App-V Real World Experience from an MVP perspective on his blog.
- Tim Managan talks about App-V and Windows7 integration on his blog.
- Ruben Spruijt, App-V MVP, describes the power of App-V’s Shared Cache in his blog.
- Kevin Kaminskis discusses Sequencing 64-bit apps on his blog.
- Rodney Medina talks about how App-V is helping his customers deploy Windows 7 in his blog.