Microsofts Desktop Optimization Pack Sets Sales Record

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-11-12 Print this article Print

More than 3 million licenses were sold over the past nine months.

BARCELONA—The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance has been the fastest selling Version 1 product in the history of Microsofts volume license program, with more than 3 million licenses sold over the past nine months. The product is only available to those customers who have a Windows Client volume license with Software Assurance, a fact that had not been an obstacle to adoption, said Brad Anderson, the general manager for the Windows and Enterprise management division, at a press conference at the TechEd IT Forum here Nov. 12.
Andersons comments came ahead of the conferences opening keynote address by Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of infrastructure server marketing.
Anderson made several announcements around the desktop optimization pack, including giving the new name for SoftGrid Application Virtualization, now Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, which is also available in public beta on Microsoft Connect. Read more here about the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. "The beta includes several key features for the enterprise, including the addition of dynamic virtualization, extended enterprise scalability, and enhanced security and globalization features," he said. The product will be made available through the desktop optimization pack and Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services in the second half of 2008. The DART (Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset) 6.0, which enables IT staff to remove viruses and spyware from an offline system, is also in beta, but a private one, Anderson said. DART now supports both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, unlocks BitLocker volume encryption and enables files to be pulled from USB devices. It will become available through the desktop optimization pack in the first half of 2008, he said. The Microsoft Asset Inventory Service 1.0, released to the Web this month, offers a complete software inventory scan of the server environment. It is available for desktop optimization pack customers after they activate the service. Group Policy, formerly known as PolicyMaker Standard Edition and PolicyMaker Share Manager, will now be integrated into the Group Policy Management Console. To read more about the eight versions of Windows Server 2008, click here. "This will be integrated into the group policy management tools in Windows Server 2008 as well as into the forthcoming Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1 [Service Pack 1], which will be made available as a separate download in the Windows Server 2008 time frame, and will also work in a Windows Server 2003 environment," Anderson said. In his keynote, Kelly told the several thousand attendees that the 2008 Server launch wave was underway and would include Windows Server 2008, which will be available in the first quarter of 2008; SQL Server 2008, which will ship in the first half of 2008; and Visual Studio 2008, set to ship before the end of 2007. "This will be the most secure, most reliable set of products that we have ever made available," he said, before announcing the Microsoft Hyper-V server, a standalone hypervisor product that will retail for $28, as well as the news that there will be eight versions of Windows Server 2008 when it is released in the first quarter of 2008. Other announcements from the first day of TechEd IT Forum included the news that the first service pack for the 2007 Microsoft Office system will be available in early 2008. It will be compatible with Windows Server 2008 and bring improvements in stability, security and performance. Microsoft has released FastCGI for IIS under its Go Live license. Click here to read more. The FastCGI Extension has been released as a free download and, for the first time, Microsoft was also providing full support for the technology, which enables reliable and scalable PHP hosting on production Windows Server 2003 Web servers. Windows Server 2008 with IIS7 delivers FastCGI with a Go-Live license, making it the first Windows operating system to natively support PHP hosting, Anderson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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