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Sep 10 2012   4:26PM GMT

Microsoft divulges UE-V, details support for Windows Server 2012

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User Experience-Virtualization will hit general availability in the fourth quarter when Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012 ships, Microsoft said last week.

According to a blog post by Karri Alexion-Tiernan, director of product management, new User Experience-Virtualization (UE-V) features will include support for the final release of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, refinements in Office 2010 settings templates and control on a per-user basis.

With the general availability of UE-V, an OS can be virtualized using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) 12, which provides the single platform that gives users a common experience. A combination of RemoteFX, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 7 or Windows 8 brings VDI together.

Other UE-V enhancements will include touch capabilities when Windows Server 2012 is used with Windows 8 and improved RemoteFX that allows for enhanced media and 3D graphics over LAN or WAN.

The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) adds support for UE-V this year; it brings with it older features like Advanced Group Policy Management and the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DART), which hit release candidate during TechEd in June.

UE-V virtualizes the application layers of the desktop and the user state in an OS without reconfiguring applications or settings in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Administrators can manipulate UE-V to enable users to change their devices and keep their experience on any deployed Windows desktop.

Alexion-Tiernan also said that enhancements in Windows 8 access devices will work on Windows 7 access devices. During this year’s 4Q, Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 Update for Windows 7 will be released to give Windows 7 SP1 devices the same RemoteFX enhancements as in Windows Server 2012.

Admins found out that access to Microsoft Desktop Optimization would cost $1 a month last year.

What do you think of the new UE-V features? Let us know in the comments on this post, or on Twitter @SearchWinServ.

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