Microsoft To Encourage Installation Of Virtualised Windows 7 Versions

Software giant Microsoft has rolled out version 4.6 of its Application virtualisation tool,also known as App-V 4.6, in an attempt to boost the rate of adoption of Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and Office 2010 productivity suite in the entreprise segment.

The updated virtualisation software tool is designed to allow business to shift from their existing systems to the remote desktop services offered by Microsoft in the form of the virtualised version of Windows 7 that has proven to be the fastest selling Microsoft product in history.

The new tools being offered by the company are designed to extend support for the virtualised versions of Windows 7 and Office 2010 and are offered as a component of Microsoft Sharepoint enterprise software.

Office 2010 is expected to be rolled out sometime this year and company wants to ensure enterprise adoption of the software by offering a virtualised version that will be able to run in a virtual environment instead being installed in every PC.

Commenting on the launch of the virtualisation tools, Karri Alexion-Tiernan, director of Product Management of App-V, said in a statement that “As Windows 7 continues to gain excitement across the industry, enterprises are evaluating their desktop strategy including Office deployment, application compatibility and desktop management.”

Our Comments

Interesting way of doing things shall we say. Microsoft has also said that the new App-V 4.6 will have improved startup time and performance. This could lead to a significantly higher number of Windows 7 clients being deployed amongst corporate and entreprise clients.

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