Windows 7 Optimized Desktop


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  • Windows Optimized Desktop, that includes Windows 7 and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, offers customers advanced tools and technologies to adopt best practices of desktop management, optimize desktop infrastructure, achieve efficiency and cost savings. For example, Application Virtualization, one of the MDOP products, enables customers to significantly reduce application testing by eliminating application-to –application conflicts and allowing delivery of applications to users on demand. As a result, Application Virtualization helps significantly reduce management costs for the Windows Optimized Desktop - for example German printing company Heidelberg estimates that it saves more than U.S.$65,000 (Euro €50,000) annually in application packaging costs with MDOP and Application Virtualization, which represents a 40 percent savings for them over their prior application packaging practices.This evidenced Customer satsfaction for MDOP grew two fold for Client SA customers - from ~32% to 60% “very satisfied”More details on customer case studies-------Heidelberg:“We have deployed 80 applications via Microsoft Application Virtualization to more than 14,000 users running Windows Vista, and plan to increase that to our entire worldwide standardized applications in the coming months,” said Michael Neff, chief information officer at Heidelberg. “Application Virtualization has been a key tool for reducing the cost of application management. Not only is it is far less expensive to deploy applications with Application Virtualization, but we can get the job done and up to four times faster, too. So far, we’ve reduced the related effort and time by 60 percent.”Heidelberg estimates that it saves more than U.S.$65,000 (Euro €50,000) annually in packaging costs. This represents a 40 percent savings over traditional MSI-based packaging. In addition, there is no rollout and no deployment costs for virtualized applications. “There’s no need to dedicate a rollout manager. It’s very easy and cost-effective,” says Manske. Fairfax School County – The nation’s 13th largest school district. Its 22,000 faculty and staff, and more than 164,000 students, are located in 240 sites across a 400-square-mile area. Fairfax is using Microsoft Application Virtualization to streamline the way it provides applications to teachers and students Reduced application deployment from four weeks to one day • Simplified application migrations and user training • Enabled application mobility • Cut images by 50% and simplified maintenance • Improve license management • Centralize application informationTUV Nord““With Application Virtualization, we give users the flexibility to run the applications they need without any risk of conflicts,” says Umland. “And IT has accelerated application packaging and time-to-delivery.”
  • With Windows 7 we are taking a new approach to how we build and talk about future Windows products. So we wanted to explain some of our philosophy to you.Planning: In Windows 7 we are taking more time in the planning phases gathering customer requirements and looking at industry trends—and the end-to-end scenarios that we want to enable. Predictability: We are committed to providing more predictability for our customers and partners around the timing for the release. We’ve said we will release Windows 7 around 3 years after the general availability of Windows Vista—and we are still on track for that. Disclosure: Another way that we aim to increase predictability is by having a higher confidence bar before disclosing plans or product details—so customers and partners don’t expect capabilities that may not be in the final product. Now that we are early in the development phase we are ready to provide enterprise customers with some more information about Windows 7 for enterprises.Note this information is still very confidential and subject to NDA. Dates and capabilities are still subject to change.We’ve said that Windows 7 will be available about 3 years after the release of Windows Vista, and we are still on track for that. We have just reached the pre-beta milestone and will have more details about the beta soon.
  • KEY TAKEAWAYS: We are not going to cause the same level of disruption as we did with Windows Vista. 2. The changes we made in WV caused problems, but the benefits are here now. The path to Windows 7 should be as smooth as the shift from RTM to SP1.In Windows 7 we are building on the advances we made in Windows Vista to help address emerging trends and technologies and meet the needs we’ve heard from our customers. Windows 7 will be built on the Windows Vista foundation and will inherit the quality improvements we’ve made in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008.Compatibility with Windows Vista software, hardware and tools is an important goal of this release. In building Windows Vista we made some significant changes to the platform that had an impact on compatibility. Those changes were important and had a measurable improvement on security. Windows Vista is the most secure client version of Windows to date and experienced fewer than half the number of security vulnerabilities that Windows XP experienced in its first year, and fewer than one-fifth the number of security vulnerabilities as the nearest competitive operating system on the market. Windows 7 also benefits from these important changes, since we are not undoing the changes we made in Windows Vista that resulted in significant security improvements. This also means that customers still using Windows XP when Windows 7 comes out should expect a similar level of compatibility between Windows XP and Windows 7 as there is between Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, the upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 should be easier, given compatibility between these two products. We recommend customers upgrade to Windows Vista now, then move to Windows 7 because the investments required to test and remediate applications, update deployment tools and processes, upgrade hardware will be similar—and you get the benefits of a more secure, modern operating system for a longer time. The client release of Windows 7 will be available in 32 & 64-bit versions.
  • The investments in Windows 7 are shaped by the evolving needs of end users and IT professionals in the enterprise. Users are becoming more computer-savvy, and expect more from the technology they use at work. They expect to be able to work from home, from branch offices, and on-the-road—with the same level of productivity. As user needs have changed, the demands on IT professionals have increased. Today, IT professionals must provide more capability and greater flexibility for users while continuing to minimize cost and security risks.Make Users Productive Anywhere. Work from home, on the road, or in a branch office and be as productive as if you were at a desk in headquarters. Enhance Security & Control. Extend the security foundation of Windows Vista with encryption for portable (USB) drives and IT control over which applications can run.Streamline PC Management. Windows 7 makes it easier to manage and deploy desktops, laptops, and virtual environments while leveraging the same tools and skills you use with Windows Vista.
  • One of the goals of Windows 7 is to enable users to access the information that they need whether they are in or out of the office. In the past few years, Microsoft has made getting to email from outside the office easier.  First we had Outlook Web Access, so we could access email through the web. Then we introduced RPC over HTTP, which just requires and internet connection to connect to the Exchange server.But users still have a challenge when accessing resources that are inside the corporate network. For example users cannot open the links to an internal Web site or share included in an email. The most common method to access these resources is VPN. VPN can be hard to use for users because it takes time and multiple steps to initiate the VPN connection and wait for the PC to be authenticated from the network. Hence, most remote users try to avoid VPN’ing as much as possible and stay disconnected from corporate network for as long as they can. At this point we run into a chicken-egg problem: Since remote users are disconnected, IT cannot manage them while away from work – remote users stay more out of date and it gets harder and harder to access corporate resources… With the capabilities Windows 7 enables, users who have internet access will be automatically connected to their corporate network. A user who is sitting on a coffee shop can open his laptop, connect to the internet using the wireless access of the coffee shop and start working as if he is in the office. The user in this case will be able to not only use outlook, but also work with intranet sites, open corporate shares, use LOB applications, and basically have full access to corporate resources. This solution is also very appealing to IT Professionals:Managing mobile PCs has always been an issue since they could be disconnected from the corporate network for a long time. With this work access solution, as long as they have internet connectivity, users will be on corporate network. Servicing mobile users (such as distributing updates and Group Policy) is easier since they can be accessed more frequently by IT systems.Deploying Windows 7 will not automatically enable this type of work access connection. You will have the choice to enable it or not and it will require some changes to your backend network infrastructure, including having at least one server running Windows Server 2008 R2 at the edge of your network. The solution takes advantage of Microsoft’s investments in IPSEC and IPv6 to provide secure connectivity even when not on the physical corporate network.
  • Even inside a single business different departments can have unique needs. For example, Branch Offices have issues and requirements that are different from the main office. Companies are investing in opening more Branch Offices to provide a work environment for mobile employees and reach more customers.This trend generates new challenges for both the end users and the IT Professionals:Branch Offices are usually connected to enterprises with a low-bandwidth link. Hence accessing corporate data located in the enterprise is slow for end users. To resolve customer pain points and increase user productivity IT Professionals are constantly looking for ways to improve network performance. With Windows 7, Microsoft will offer a software alternative to alleviate the problem—“Branch office caching”. The idea is to cache the corporate data downloaded by users locally in the branch office so it can be quickly accessed by others in the branch. With branch office caching, opening a document can take seconds instead of minutes.For example: Headquarters posts a large training presentation on a file share and sends an e-mail to all employees worldwide. The first employee who opens the presentation has to wait several minutes for the file to download across the WAN. After the file is downloaded Windows will automatically store that file in the cache for others to use. When the next employee tries to download the file Windows will automatically retrieve that file from the cache in the branch and the user can open it in much less time. The cache can be hosted on a server in the branch or distributed across a number of PCs. If the cache is distributed, the branch users automatically check the cache pool to see if the data has already been cached. If the cache is hosted on a server, the branch users check the branch server to access data. Each time the users try to access a file, the access rights of the user are authenticated against the server in the data center to make sure that the user has access to the file and is accessing the latest version.The solution enables users to have fast access to previously downloaded data in the branch and also frees network bandwidth for other uses.It caches content from Web and file servers running Windows Server 2008 R2, and if you use the hosted cache option in the branch office, that server much be running Windows Server 2008 R2 as well.
  • Making Users Productive Anywhere describes a broad set of investments that we are doing in Windows 7 to make users more productive no matter where they are and no matter where the application and data that they need to access resides. One of those investments is in search.As a result of the investments we’ve made in Desktop Search, leading customers who have deployed Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System are experiencing great benefits in more easily and quickly finding information. Improved search capabilities are one of the biggest benefits end users find in using Windows Vista. Customers are also realizing huge benefits in using search to access information stored in corporate repositories—using solutions such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Microsoft Search Server. But today these two worlds of enterprise search are separated. We have great solutions for desktop search and server search but they haven’t been brought together. One of our goals in Windows 7 is to provide a more unified search experience so that from the desktop users can also find information on corporate repositories such as SharePoint or online services. We are planning to use federation to make search results from online sources accessible within the desktop search experience. We also want to make it easy for IT to customize search defaults and locations to increase usage of intranet portals—maximizing the return organizations get from those investments.“Enterprise Search Scopes” enables IT, using Group Policy, to deploy links to appear on the user’s Start menu or in Explorer. This way, you can maximize your investments in SharePoint and Enterprise search by making it easy for users to search those destinations. The screenshot shows an example of how Microsoft could use this feature and how the search options would appear in Windows Explorer. IT could deploy a link to our intranet portal “MSW” for all users, and then on a division level we can deploy links to the portal for that division (e.g., Windows). If the user can’t find what they need on one site, they can easily re-scope their search to another one.
  • Windows 7 Optimized Desktop

    1. 1. Windows Optimized Desktop Roadmap<br />James O’NeillEvangelist, Microsoft UK <br /><br />
    2. 2. Computing Trends: 5 Cs<br />Contingency<br />Costs<br />Compliance<br />Consumerization<br />Carbon-Neutral<br />(“Green”)<br />Source: Gartner, Client Computing Scenario: Creating an Environment for Tomorrow’s Business Realities, Fall 2007 Symposium<br />
    3. 3. Windows Optimized Desktop <br />Unique Value with SA+MDOP<br />Core PC Platform<br />
    4. 4. Windows Optimized Desktop: MDOP Better management to save costs; ease future upgrades<br />What the Desktop Optimization Pack provides<br />SA Customer Satisfaction<br />Provide immediate ROI<br />1<br /><ul><li>Regular updates
    5. 5. Faster upgrade cycle, separate from Windows
    6. 6. Minimal deployment effort</li></ul>Deliver end-to-end solutions<br />2<br /><ul><li>Run out of the box
    7. 7. Integrate with existing management solutions</li></ul>Lower Desktop TCO<br />3<br /><ul><li>>95% of MDOP customers are (very) satisfied
    8. 8. $70-$80 net cost savings per PC per year using MDOP*</li></ul>* Gartner, Inc. “Quantifying the Value of Microsoft’s Desktop Optimization Pack”, July 2008<br />
    9. 9. Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 Development ProcessNew approach for Windows development and disclosure<br />Spend more time on planning & vision phase analyzing trends and needs before building features. <br />Focus on end-to-end business scenarios – not just new features and technologies. <br />Planning<br />Give our customer and partners a timeframe for the release and stick to our plan – 3 years for Windows 7.<br />Disclose with higher degree of certainty and minimize changes <br />Predictability<br />Engaging with partners earlier and more closely to enable seamless experiences and compatibility across hardware, software and services <br />Ecosystem<br />We are here<br />Vision Development & Test Pre-Beta Beta Release <br />
    10. 10. Windows 7 Builds on Windows VistaDeployment, Testing, and Pilots Today Will Continue to Pay Off<br />Similar Compatibility: <br />Most software that runs on Windows Vista will run on Windows 7. Exceptions will be low level code (AV, Firewall, Imaging, etc). <br />Hardware that runs Windows Vista well will run Windows 7 well.<br />Few Changes: Focus on quality and reliability improvements<br />Deep Changes: New models for security, drivers, deployment, and networking<br />
    11. 11. Windows 7 for the Enterprise<br />Enhance Security & Control<br />Make Users Productive Anywhere<br />Streamline PC Management<br />At their desk<br />In a branch<br />On the road<br />Protect data & PCs<br />Built on Windows Vista foundation <br />Easy migration <br />Keep PCs running<br />Virtualization <br />
    12. 12. Remote Access for Mobile Workers Make Users Productive Anywhere <br />Situation Today<br />DirectAccess<br />Home<br />Office<br />Home<br />Office<br />New network paradigm enables same experience inside & outside the office<br />Seamless access to network resources increases productivity of mobile users<br />Infrastructure investments also make it easy to service mobile PCs and distribute updates and polices<br />Difficult for users to access corporate resources from outside the office<br />Challenging for IT to manage, update, patch mobile PCs while disconnected from company network<br />Windows 7 Solution<br />
    13. 13. Branch Office Network PerformanceMake Users Productive Anywhere <br />Situation Today<br />BranchCache™<br />Caches content downloaded from file and Web servers<br />Users in the branch can quickly open files stored in the cache<br />Frees up network bandwidth for other uses<br />Application and data access over WAN is slow in branch offices<br />Slow connections hurt user productivity <br />Improving network performance is expensive and difficult to implement <br />Windows 7 Solution<br />
    14. 14. Search in the EnterpriseMake Users Productive Anywhere <br />Situation Today<br />Search Federation<br />Consistent experience to find data from multiple locations, including SharePoint sites<br />Users and IT can pre-populate Favorites in Windows Explorer to remote search sites that support OpenSearch protocol <br />IT can point users to select search sites w/Enterprise Search Scopes    <br />Current desktop and Enterprise search solutions are good, but not integrated<br />Users need to take different steps to find data on PC and data on servers<br />Data sources are hard to discover<br />Windows 7 Solution<br />
    15. 15. Data ProtectionEnhance Security & Control<br />Users store increasing volumes of data, including sensitive or confidential data on the removable storage devices<br />Removable storage devices are easy to lose and, unlike PC, the loss may go unnoticed for a while<br />Situation Today<br />BitLocker To Go™<br />+<br />Protect data on internal and removable drives<br />Mandate the use of encryption with Group Policies<br />Store recovery information in Active Directory for manageability <br />Simplify BitLocker setup and configuration of primary hard drive<br />Windows 7 Solution<br />
    16. 16. Application Control Enhance Security and Control <br />Situation Today<br />AppLocker™<br />Eliminate unwanted/unknown applications in your network<br />Enforce application standardization within your organization<br />Easily create and manage flexible rules using Group Policy<br />Users can install and run unapproved applications<br />Even standard users can install some types of software<br />Unauthorized applications may:<br />Introduce malware<br />Increase helpdesk calls<br />Reduce user productivity<br />Undermine compliance efforts<br />Windows 7 Solution<br />
    17. 17. AppLockerTM<br />Technical Details<br />Simple Rule Structure: Allow, Exception & Deny<br />Publisher Rules<br />Product Publisher, Name, Filename & Version<br />Multiple Policies<br />Executables, installers, scripts & DLLs<br />Rule creation tools & wizard<br />Audit only mode<br />
    18. 18. Flexible Administrative Control<br />Increased Automation to Reduce Costs<br />Reduce Help Desk Calls and Keep Users Productive<br />Windows PowerShell 2.0<br />Integrated Scripting Environment<br />Windows Troubleshooting Platform<br />Remoteable Reliability Data<br />Problem Steps Recorder<br />Enhanced Group Policy Scenarios<br />Group Policy Scripting<br />Group Policy Preferences<br />Windows 7 Manageability<br />
    19. 19. Virtual Desktop InfrastructureStreamline PC Management<br />Situation Today<br />Richer Remote Experience<br />Richer graphics with improved multi-monitor support<br />Use voice for telephony & applications with microphone support<br />Improved printing<br />Do More With VHDs<br />What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?<br />Maintain VHD: Offline servicing of VHD images with same tools used for WIM<br />Boot from VHD: Reuse VHD files for deployment to managed desktop PCs <br />Deploying desktops in virtual machines on server hardware<br />Centralized management & security<br />Users can access their desktop and applications wherever they are<br />*<br />Using Windows for VDI scenarios requires additional VECD license <br />Windows 7 Solution<br />
    20. 20. Deployment Enhancements<br />IMAGING<br />MIGRATION<br />DELIVERY<br />Deployment Image Servicing and Management<br />Add/Remove Drivers and Packages<br />WIM and VHD Image Management<br />User State Migration Tool<br />Hardlink Migration<br />Offline File Gather<br />Improved user file detection<br />Windows Deployment Services<br />Multiple Stream Transfer<br />Dynamic Driver Provisioning<br />VHD and WIM Support<br />INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS CONTINUE<br />Microsoft Assessment and Planning<br />Application Compatibility Toolkit<br />Microsoft Deployment Toolkit<br />
    21. 21. Windows Optimized Desktop:Windows 7 & MDOP Investment areas<br />Make Users Productive Anywhere <br />Improve Security and Control<br />Streamline PC Management to Save Costs<br />Direct Access<br />BranchCache<br />Federated Search<br />Navigation<br />App-V<br />MED-V<br />BitLocker <br />BitLocker To Go<br />AppLocker<br />Security development lifecycle<br />AIS<br />PowerShell<br />Windows Troubleshooting Platform<br />Deployment Tools<br />VDI Enhancements<br />DEM<br />DART<br />AGPM<br />MDOP<br />Fundamentals<br />Performance | Reliability | Compatibility <br />
    22. 22. Increased Value in Optimized Desktop<br />Make Users Productive Anywhere <br /><ul><li>DirectAccess
    23. 23. BranchCache™
    24. 24. Enterprise Search Scopes</li></ul>Enhance Security and Protect Data<br /><ul><li>BitLocker & BitLocker To Go
    25. 25. AppLocker </li></ul>Streamline PC Management <br /><ul><li>MUI Language Packs
    26. 26. VDI Enhancements (VDI requires VECD license)
    27. 27. Boot from VHD
    28. 28. Subsystem for UNIX
    29. 29. 4 Virtual Operating Systems
    30. 30. Network Boot License </li></li></ul><li>Windows Optimized Desktop and Dynamic IT<br />Amplifies the talent and abilities of everyone in the organization…<br />…with the scale, agility and protection required by the enterprise.<br />Familiar, Easy to Use<br />Unified, Seamless<br />Lower TCO<br />Enterprise Ready<br />Breadth of Choice<br />Broad range of devices, form factors, and price points<br />Large ecosystem of trained and certified Microsoft IT professionals and partners<br />Quickly respond to changing business requirements <br />Transform software applications into managed services<br />Protect existing IT investments by extending hardware life<br />Stretch IT labor by automating routine tasks and reducing IT complexity<br />Achieve desktop to datacenter to device oversight of all IT assets<br />Manage all clients and applications from a single management console<br />Consistent experience for office, mobile, and remote end users<br />Simple management tools for IT Pros<br />-<br />
    31. 31. Microsoft Deployment Guidance<br />All Customers <br />Optimize your desktop infrastructure to save costs and ease future upgrades<br />Deploy Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack<br />Migrate Windows 2000 PCs to Windows Vista as soon as possible. <br />Windows 2000 extended support ends Q2 2010<br />Windows 2000 customers may soon find their business critical applications unsupported<br />Continue your Windows Vista SP1 deployment <br />If in early stages or just starting on Windows Vista, plan on testing and deploying Windows Vista SP2<br />Easier future transition to Windows 7 due to high degree of compatibility<br />Deployment in progress or in planning <br />Deployment in progress or in planning <br />Make sure you are aware of the risks of skipping Windows Vista - such as running out of ISV support for your critical business applications<br />Start early evaluation of Windows 7 for your company with Windows 7 beta<br /> Testing and remediating applications on Windows Vista will ease Windows 7 deployment<br />Continue your Windows Vista SP1 deployment <br />If in early stages or just starting on Windows Vista, plan on testing and deploying Windows Vista SP2<br />Easier future transition to Windows 7 due to high degree of compatibility <br />Make sure you are aware of the risks of skipping Windows Vista – such as running out of ISV support for your critical business applications<br />Deploying Windows Vista will make future transition to Windows 7 easier <br />Migrate Windows 2000 PCs to Windows Vista as soon as possible. <br />Windows 2000 extended support ends Q2 2010<br />Windows 2000 customers may soon find their business critical applications unsupported<br />Make sure you are aware of the risks of skipping Windows Vista – such as running out of ISV support for your critical business applications<br />Deploying Windows Vista will make future transition to Windows 7 easier<br />Undecided<br />Undecided<br />Make sure you are aware of the risks of skipping Windows Vista - such as running out of ISV support for your critical business applications<br />Start early evaluation of Windows 7 for your company with Windows 7 beta<br /> Testing and remediating applications on Windows Vista will ease Windows 7 deployment due to high degree of compatibility<br />Those who decided to wait for Windows 7 <br />Those who decided to wait for Windows 7 <br />
    32. 32. `<br />What next ?<br /><br />Microsoft TechNet - Springboard<br />Windows Client Techcenter<br /><br />Download Win 7 Release Candidate (RC)<br /><br />Talk about Windows<br /><br />E-learning site for Win 7<br /><br />
    33. 33. © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries.<br />The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.<br />