The guys over at the Windows Vista Team Blog have made an announcement today, which relates to some of the acquisitions we have made over the last few months, such as Softricity, Winternals, DesktopStandard, and AssetMetrix.  But, you may be thinking, how will these technologies be used in a Microsoft solution?  I'll tell you how!  In the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance, which will include:

  • Microsoft SoftGrid - an application virtualisation and streaming solution that can deliver applications to users in seconds, without being locally installed, on any PC they login to. Virtualisation also resolves many application compatibility conflicts because each application can run with the version of a supporting file that it needs.
  • Microsoft Asset Inventory Services - analyses all programs on employee PCs, reducing the labor and guesswork that often stymies attempts to inventory the applications on the PCs within an organization and turns that into intelligent reports and analysis.
  • Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management - provides versioning, history, and rollback of Group Policy settings, along with delegation and role based administration
  • Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset - designed to help IT departments quickly pinpoint the causes of PC troubles, recover lost data, and reduce future downtime with post-crash analysis.

You can also download the full feature chart for Microsoft Desktop Optimisation, in PDF format.

It is important to note that the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack is only available to customers who have PCs covered by Microsoft Software Assurance or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. This is another example of delivering on our commitment that Software Assurance will continue to provide the most cost-effective and flexible means of managing the Windows desktop.

There are even some resources available for your perusal, and these include this article, entitled "Software Assurance Add-on Delivers Dynamic Desktop" and also, this website: