Microsoft added a new tool to MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) that virtualizes the user experience
SAN FRANCISCO– Microsoft announced some new tools last week for MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) customers. Beta versions are now available of an updated App-V 5.0 (Application Virtualization), and a new tool that takes virtualization beyond the desktop, and beyond applications–User Experience Virtualization (UE-V).
With UE-V, a user can log into a different system–physical or virtual–and enjoy a consistent Windows experience. The system configuration and application settings will be the same no matter what system the user logs into, making it easier to stay productive from device to device, or to resume work on another system in the event of a crash. UE-V integrates with Microsoft Desktop Virtualization tools, and can be deployed using Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), or third-party deployment tools.
As it stands, there isn’t enough parity of applications to even consider maintaining user state to other non-Microsoft platforms like iOS or Android. The operating systems and available software are so different there really isn’t anything to try and maintain consistency on. Some apps like OneNote or SkyDrive are available for competing mobile platforms, and do provide synchronization between the various devices, but that isn’t quite the same as what UE-V provides.
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