Microsoft's updated desktop management toolset for users with volume licensing contracts and Software Assurance maintenance contracts is now available.
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Announced last month, Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP) 2008 R2 includes updates to application virtualisation and asset management tools.
The R2 release does not include the new licence reconciliation features for MDOP's Asset Inventory Service 1.5 (AIS).
This update will be available in early November, says Redmond. The AIS 1.5 reconciliation feature tells users if the software deployed in their systems is compliant with their licensing agreements.
At the beginning of next year, Microsoft intends to add its Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V) software to MDOP.
This will be the first Microsoft-branded release of the recently acquired Kidaro technology.