Microsoft is adapting its business desktop virtualization offerings to facilitate enterprise Windows 7 deployments with the introduction of its updated enterprise desktop virtualization package.
Responding to a growing demand among businesses looking to integrate their existing applications with Windows 7, Microsoft recently introduced the beta version 2.0 of its Microsoft Desktop Virtualization solution, called MED-V, to provide access to older Windows applications that may not be compatible with its latest operating system.
"MED-V can accelerate your migration to Windows 7 by removing legacy application barriers," Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Microsoft's director of product management, wrote in the announcement. "It delivers a seamless user experience, consolidates legacy desktop hardware and allows users to access the legacy applications from a single desktop experience."
Specifically, the updated desktop virtualization solution improves upon version 1.0 of MED-V with new features for USB device sharing, password entry, legacy app integration with the My Documents and Desktop folders, as well as more options for accessing Microsoft's older web apps. As an example of its new capabilities, Microsoft released a case study on an enterprise customer that used MED-V to "to run a critical payroll application that requires Windows XP on computers with Windows 7."
Upgrading business desktop virtualization offerings will facilitate the switch to Microsoft's popular Windows 7 operating system for additional enterprise customers, as the company has already surpassed 175 million sales since its release nearly one year ago.
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