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May 29, 2008

Microsoft offers Sysinternals utilities Live

Posted by David Hunter at 2:04 PM ET.

Ed Bott breaks the news that the Sysinternals utilities which Microsoft acquired with the Winternals Software company back in 2006 and continued to make available for free are now available as a beta in "Live" form. This means that you can execute them directly from the Internet without going through a download and installation:

Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\\tools\<toolname> or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at [and click on the link for the utility you want].

I’m glad Microsoft finally found something new and useful to put under the Live brand, and while these utilities are likely to only appeal to hardcore techies, it’s the thought that counts.

Filed under Acquisitions, Beta and CTP, General Business, Microsoft, Online Services

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May 28, 2008

Gates and Ballmer reveal a little Windows 7

Posted by David Hunter at 11:47 AM ET.

Last night was the kickoff of the D6 conference and Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were the opening act. Aside from a little light comedy and some reminiscences, the big news was a teaser for Windows 7 which will have multi-touch support for PCs with the requisite touch screen hardware.

Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

The applications shown seem to be PC versions (e.g. no bar coded foreign objects) of those demonstrated with Microsoft’s Surface table kiosk system (aka "Big ass table") which was demoed last year at D5. Touch screens have been around for Windows seemingly forever via third parties and while it may be useful for kiosk builders to have the support baked into Windows 7, it is hardly the kind of thing that will draw the crowds. Still, it makes a nice demo and that’s the point after all.

Filed under Bill Gates, Conferences, D6, Executives, Microsoft, Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft Surface, OS - Client, Steve Ballmer, Windows 7

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May 27, 2008

Loose lips won’t sink the Windows 7 ship

Posted by David Hunter at 10:10 PM ET.

After the embarrassment of the early public promises for Vista that were never realized, Microsoft’s Windows boss Steve Sinofsky has been keeping a tight lid on all information released about the upcoming Windows 7. Therefore, it was quite a coup for CNET’s Ina Fried to get an interview with Sinofsky about Windows 7. The only problem is that he didn’t really say anything beyond the following:

Actually, I am a little surprised Sinofsky said anything about a date.

Filed under Executives, Microsoft, OS - Client, Steven Sinofsky, Windows 7

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Microsoft adds Kidaro to MDOP, makes Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

Posted by David Hunter at 11:56 AM ET.

Microsoft created the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) in 2006 as a home for four acquired technologies including Softgrid’s application virtualization, but oddly delivered it only as a perk for System Assurance customers which as a rule are the larger enterprises. Apparently, Microsoft feels that the virtualization portion is the real draw and last week they announced that they are adding the desktop virtualization technologies they acquired with Kidaro and renaming MDOP as Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization:

We’ve invested over $400 million in developing and expanding MDOP thus far, and I’m very excited to share with you that we have officially finalized the acquisition of Kidaro Technologies, whose products enable a seamless combination of applications running from within both a host and guest OS. This technology will help enable end users to run applications from multiple versions of Windows at the same time, with seamless windowing and menus, and without the confusion of logging into and seeing multiple virtual machine desktops. The product teams are working closely with our new colleagues from Kidaro to incorporate the desktop virtualization technologies into MDOP in the first half of 2009, under the new product name Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization. We will continue investing here because we know manageability is fundamental to broad corporate use of desktop virtualization.

We’ve sold over 6.5 million licenses of MDOP to date, making it the fastest-selling volume licensing product in Microsoft history. It’s worth noting that 60 percent of IT Pros who are familiar with MDOP have told us they intend to deploy MDOP within the next 12 months.

While all this is undoubtedly a technological tour de force, one can’t help wonder if the advent of Web apps with better quality user interfaces obviates the need for elaborate virtualization lashups to run desktop applications from multiple managed PCs. Still, there are plenty of legacy Windows apps, particularly in large enterprises, where Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MEDV) may still be the way to go at least for a while.

Filed under Acquisitions, Application Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Microsoft, Virtualization

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