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Microsoft Combines Acquired Technologies for Software Assurance Enhancements

Alex Heaton of the Official Windows Vista Blog just announced the strategy behind the recent slew of Microsoft acquisitions: more benefits for Software Assurance customers. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance combines the technologies from Softricity, AssetMetrix, DesktopStandard, and Winternals into the following components: 

· Microsoft SoftGrid, an application virtualization and streaming solution that can deliver applications to users in seconds, without being locally installed, on any PC they login to. Virtualization 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, which analyzes 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, which 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.

Sound great for businesses that fork out extra for the benefits of Windows Vista Enterprise. No word if these solutions will still be available separately for non-SA customers... a prospect that will more than likely lead to much wailing and mashing of teeth.

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