Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode announcements
Windows 7 Application Compatibility announcements
Inventory, assess, and prepare your applications for Windows 7! ACT 5.5 allows you to assess Windows 7 and IE8 compatibility, control information sent to the Compatibility Exchange, and label data collection packages by role. Want the inside scoop? Check out this Springboard Series blog interview with Jeremy Chapman, Windows Senior Product Manager.
You can download ACT 5.5 here.
Find Windows 7 compatibility status for thousands of applications and direct links to updates.
Investigate the current compatibility status of third party applications using the downloadable Windows 7 Application Compatibility list for IT Pros in XLXS format.
Windows 7 User Interface announcements
Windows 7 Security announcements
Service Pack 1 RC for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 announcements
Windows 7 Hardware Compatibility announcements
Find Windows 7 compatibility status for thousands of hardware devices and direct links to drivers.
Windows 7 Optimized Desktop Deployment Proof of Concept announcements
The Desktop POC Kit v2.0 is a customer focused offering available as free download via the Microsoft download center (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9728107). The kit enables customers to drive an accelerated desktop deployment by providing a ready to run deployment server with the full suite of Microsoft desktop deployment tools installed and ready to use.
The Desktop POC Kit v2.0 provides enhancements and new products to the POC kit. This version of the POC kit introduces 2 new technical modules. These new modules are “Managing Desktop Policies” which features the Security Compliance Manager tool and product security baselines to drive rapid implementation of Microsoft recommended group policy settings. The other new module is the “Zero Touch Deployment” module which features deployment using the zero touch deployment method using System Center Configuration Manager.
The updated version of the POC also brings additional products to the deployed desktops. The following products are now included in the POC kit:
· Visio Premium 2010
· Project Professional 2010
The kit provides new features increasing the value of the kit. These features include:
· Visio deployment dashboard – single view of all deployment tools and deployment progress
· Office 365 Readiness – the deployed image requires the required elements to prepare the deployed desktop for connection to the Office 365 beta services
· Expanded image build & customization
The existing Desktop POC v2 content has been updated to provide increased understanding of the deployment process. This includes improvements in the technical execution guidance providing deeper explanations and providing improved explanations of why the actions are required. The technical tools are also updated to the latest available versions.
The following recaps what is delivered on the POC deployment server:
· Assessment/Compat Tools
o Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 5.5
o Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6
o Office Migration Planning Manager 2010 Update 1 Beta
o Office Environment Assessment Tool 2010 Update 1 Beta
o Office Compatibility Code Inspector 2010 Update 1 Beta
· Image Build
o Security Compliance Manager
o Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1
o Office Customization Tool & Config.xml
· Image Deployment
o Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1
o System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
· Supporting products
o Windows Server 2008 R2
o SQL Server 2008 R2
o Forefront Server
o Microsoft Office 2010
o Visio Premium 2010
o Custom Visio deployment dashboard
· The Desktop POC provides and is ready to the deploy the following components to connected clients in the POC environment
· Windows 7 Enterprise
o Language Packs
o Custom drivers
· Office Pro Plus 2010
o Customized feature installation
o Custom help solution template
o Customized ribbon
o Office 365 required updates
· App-V 4.6
o Office 2010 sequenced package
o DSC Office Add-ins: PowerPivot
· Visio Premium 2010
o Deployment dashboard
· Project Professional 2010
· Forefront client security
· Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant (365 Readiness)
· Office 2010 Interactive Ribbon guide: Word
· Office Excel Add-in: PowerPivot
The Desktop POC v2 delivers enhanced technical guidance divided into 14 technical modules. These modules include:
1. Setup Guide
2. Benefits of an Optimized Desktop
3. Justify the Upgrade
4. Evaluate Hardware Readiness
5. Windows Compat
6. Office Compat
7. Application Virtualization
8. Manage Desktop Policies
9. Image Build
10. Deploy: Lite Touch
11. Deploy: Zero Touch
12. Test Windows
13. Test Office
14. Next Steps
Windows 7 Installation, Setup, and Deployment announcements
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.
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