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Microsoft User Experience Virtualization and Application Virtualization 5.0 Betas Now Available!

Microsoft today introduced a new product to Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization family – “User Experience Virtualization (UE-V).”

Microsoft this morning has announced the availability of the UE-V beta, as well as the availability of the new App-V 5.0 beta — which when fully completed, will ship as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). .

“UE-V is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that delivers a user’s personal Windows experience across devices without reconfiguring applications or settings in Windows 7 or Windows 8, is simple for IT to deploy, and easily integrates with existing management tools,” according to Microsoft.

Some of the features of UE-V are:

  • Users retain their application experience without having to reconfigure applications when they log in from a different Windows instance – regardless of whether it is a rich desktop or virtual desktop session.
  • Automatically delivers a personal experience to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 8 based devices, giving users the flexibility to work from anywhere.
  • If a user accidently applies unwanted changes, IT can simply roll back to the initial state.
  • Seamlessly integrates with Microsoft desktop virtualization products to roam the user experience in heterogeneous environments.

Here is the video demonstrating UE-V:

And the newest version of App-V gives IT a more powerful solution to deliver virtually any application, anywhere for a more flexible, integrated and powerful experience across virtualized applications.

Features in the App-V 5.0 Beta include:

  • Flexible virtualization choices let virtual applications work more like traditionally installed applications, allowing local and virtual applications to communicate and enabling control of which virtual applications can share environments.
  • There’s no dedicated drive letter required, and no 4 gigabyte maximum package size. It’s easy for IT to work with and take action on App-V diagnostic information because App-V logs Windows events instead of separate log files.
  • Easy and efficient to use in VDI environments, allowing IT to make the best use of expensive disk resources without changing the way they get their jobs done.
  • Web-based management makes it easy for busy IT professionals to get their work done while away from their desk.
  • Rich PowerShell scripting allows IT to automate repetitive tasks and to integrate App-V with existing processes.

Watch the following App-V 5.0 video:

Microsoft also notes that another current MDOP component, Asset Information Services, will be dropped from the next MDOP release due to customer disuse. AIS will be discontinued as of April, 2013.

MDOP includes Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), Asset Inventory Service (AIS), BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) and Microsoft Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) 3.5. Also, the next MDOP release will include a brand-new addition codenamed “Park City.

You can download both the betas of UE-V and App-V 5.0.

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