Customers running the latest iteration of the Windows client now have a refreshed version of a package of solution accelerators available. On April 1, 2010, the refreshed version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 was released. In fact, MSDN and TechNet subscribers can already download the MDOP 2010 Refresh bits and test drive the new release. At the same time, existing MDOP customers have the new MDOP 2010 release available for download at the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

“As planned, the update for MDOP 2010 includes: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 1.0 SP1 – now available for production deployment on Windows 7. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 – localized client versions and additional languages support (App-V 4.6 English version was released on February 22, 2010),” revealed Ran Oelgiesser, senior product manager for MED-V.

For those unfamiliar with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, MDOP 2010 is a combination of no less than six technologies/solution accelerators, including: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS), Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT), and Microsoft System Center Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM). MED-V in particular is designed to help corporate customers deal with incompatibility issues with Windows 7.

“What’s new in MED-V 1.0 SP1? Support for Windows 7 hosts – 32-bit and 64-bit. MED-V server support for Windows Server 2008 R2. Support for Japanese Windows versions. Guest support is still focused on legacy OS environments – Windows XP SP3 and Windows 2000 SP4,” Oelgiesser added.

Microsoft is offering MDOP exclusively as a subscription to its Software Assurance customers. However, all it takes is a MSDN or a TechNet subscription in order to try out the release. “We now have localized versions of the App-V Client for 23 languages including: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. App-V Sequencer is localized for 11 languages. Finally, even if there’s no localized version for your language, App-V now works and is supported on 36 localized Windows versions,” Oelgiesser said.

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