Microsoft urges businesses to develop an appetite for Vista

 

GLOBAL - Microsoft has released a set of new tools that will help companies migrate to the Windows Vista operating system.

The software maker at its Tech Ed conference in Orlando unveiled a free 30-day virtual test version of Windows Vista Enterprise Edition that allows firms to kick the software's tires without requiring testers to install the software.

The test software requires Microsoft Virtual Server, which is available as a free download.

The company also released a data encryption toolkit that assists IT administrators in setting up and enforcing companywide data security policies for notebook computers. The toolkit works with Vista's Bitlocker technology, a hard disk encryption technology that aims to prevent data leaks when a notebook is lost or stolen. Bitlocker requires a trusted platform module (TPM) chip.

Enterprises subscribing Microsoft's software assurance programme furthermore will gain access to a so-called desktop optimization pack. The pack contains a set of four tools that assist in migrating applications to Vista. The tools for instance offer error reporting, help set group policies, and provide an asset inventory service.

The software assurance pack also includes SoftGrid Application Virtualization, a tool that Microsoft acquired in July 2006 through the purchase of Softricity. The software allows firms to deliver applications from a virtual application server. The technology could benefit firms that are experiencing application compatibility issues on Vista because the application runs independent from the client's operating system.

A marketing programme that links users with third party service providers rounds out Microsoft's pushing enterprises towards Vista.

Many enterprises including Intel are holding off upgrading to Windows Vista until after the release of Service Pack one for Vista. The collection of bug fixes and updates is expected late this year.

Delaying the roll-out allows firms more time to test internally developed applications for potential compatibility issues. Service Pack 1 traditionally also marks a new level of maturity and stability for Windows releases, instilling confidence that it will be able to run mission critical applications.

Vista's lackign enterprise adoption is a moral defeat for Microsoft, but in the short term is unlikely to affect the company's bottom line. Many large businesses have signed up for the Software Assurance subscription plan that provides them access to all Windows versions at their convenience.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft urges businesses to develop an appetite for Vista
 
 
 
Top Stories
Change is the only constant at iiNet
iiNet's Matthew Toohey is trialling IBM's Watson - between preparing for an acquisition and making sure Netflix doesn't swamp the network.
 
Why straight-through processing is the holy grail for banks
Big benefits from stripping away human intervention and digitising processes.
 
CBA sued over frozen millions in IT bribery scandal
Eric Pulier's not-for profit lodges lawsuit in US.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
New features are coming to Outlook.com
May 27, 2015
Outlook.com, thanks to its predecessor Hotmail.com, is one of the world's major webmail services ...
Windows 10 to feature integrated apps for Android and iOS
May 27, 2015
Microsoft reveals multi-platform Cortana connectivity for Windows 10. What the heck is that, and ...
Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 22, 2015
Microsoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones. Pre-release versions of ...
Microsoft is working on an iOS email chat feature called Flow
May 22, 2015
Microsoft is working on a new chat app, but at the moment we know more about what we DON'T know, ...
Windows 10 free upgrade: Microsoft details who gets what
May 22, 2015
Microsoft was meant to be streamlining its OS with Windows 10, so why is upgrading so confusing? ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should Optus make a bid for iiNet?

   |   View results
Yes
  44%
 
No
  56%
TOTAL VOTES: 669

Vote