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Alastair dick alastaid@microsoft com account technical strategist

Windows Optimized Desktop Roadmap

Alastair Dick

Account Technical Strategist

Computing trends 5 cs
Computing Trends: 5 Cs







  • Source: Gartner, Client Computing Scenario: Creating an Environment for Tomorrow’s Business Realities, Fall 2007 Symposium

Windows o p timized d e sktop
Windows Optimized Desktop

Unique Value with SA+MDOP

Core PC Platform

Windows 7 server 2008 r2 development process new approach for windows development and disclosure
Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 Development ProcessNew approach for Windows development and disclosure

  • Spend more time on planning & vision phase analyzing trends and needs before building features.

  • Focus on end-to-end business scenarios – not just new features and technologies.


  • Give our customer and partners a timeframe for the release and stick to our plan – 3 years for Windows 7.

  • Disclose with higher degree of certainty and minimize changes


  • Engaging with partners earlier and more closely to enable seamless experiences and compatibility across hardware, software and services


Vision Development & Test Pre-Beta Beta Release

Windows 7 builds on windows vista deployment testing and pilots today will continue to pay off
Windows 7 Builds on Windows VistaDeployment, Testing, and Pilots Today Will Continue to Pay Off

  • Similar Compatibility:

  • Most software that runs on Windows Vista will run on Windows 7. Exceptions will be low level code (AV, Firewall, Imaging, etc).

  • Hardware that runs Windows Vista well will run Windows 7 well.

Few Changes: Focus on quality and reliability improvements

Deep Changes: New models for security, drivers, deployment, and networking

Windows 7 for the enterprise
Windows 7 for the Enterprise

Make Users Productive Anywhere

Enhance Security & Control

Streamline PC Management

  • At their desk

  • In a branch

  • On the road

  • Protect data & PCs

  • Built on Windows Vista foundation

  • Easy migration

  • Keep PCs running

  • Virtualization

Remote access for mobile workers make users productive anywhere
Remote Access for Mobile Workers Make Users Productive Anywhere

Situation Today






  • New network paradigm enables same experience inside & outside the office

  • Seamless access to network resources increases productivity of mobile users

  • Infrastructure investments also make it easy to service mobile PCs and distribute updates and polices

  • Difficult for users to access corporate resources from outside the office

  • Challenging for IT to manage, update, patch mobile PCs while disconnected from company network

Windows 7 Solution

Branch office network performance make users productive anywhere
Branch Office Network PerformanceMake Users Productive Anywhere

Situation Today


  • Application and data access over WAN is slow in branch offices

  • Slow connections hurt user productivity

  • Improving network performance is expensive and difficult to implement

  • Caches content downloaded from file and Web servers

  • Users in the branch can quickly open files stored in the cache

  • Frees up network bandwidth for other uses

Windows 7 Solution

Search in the enterprise make users productive anywhere
Search in the EnterpriseMake Users Productive Anywhere

Situation Today

Search Federation

  • Consistent experience to find data from multiple locations, including SharePoint sites

  • Users and IT can pre-populate Favorites in Windows Explorer to remote search sites that support OpenSearch protocol

  • IT can point users to select search sites w/Enterprise Search Scopes   

  • Current desktop and Enterprise search solutions are good, but not integrated

  • Users need to take different steps to find data on PC and data on servers

  • Data sources are hard to discover

Windows 7 Solution

Data protection enhance security control
Data ProtectionEnhance Security & Control

  • Users store increasing volumes of data, including sensitive or confidential data on the removable storage devices

  • Removable storage devices are easy to lose and, unlike PC, the loss may go unnoticed for a while

Situation Today

BitLocker To Go™


  • Protect data on internal and removable drives

  • Mandate the use of encryption with Group Policies

  • Store recovery information in Active Directory for manageability

  • Simplify BitLocker setup and configuration of primary hard drive

Windows 7 Solution

Application control enhance security and control
Application Control Enhance Security and Control

Situation Today


  • Eliminate unwanted/unknown applications in your network

  • Enforce application standardization within your organization

  • Easily create and manage flexible rules using Group Policy

  • Users can install and run unapproved applications

  • Even standard users can install some types of software

  • Unauthorized applications may:

    • Introduce malware

    • Increase helpdesk calls

    • Reduce user productivity

    • Undermine compliance efforts

Windows 7 Solution

Windows 7 manageability
Windows 7 Manageability

  • Flexible Administrative Control

  • Increased Automation to Reduce Costs

  • Reduce Help Desk Calls and Keep Users Productive

  • Windows PowerShell 2.0

  • Integrated Scripting Environment

  • Windows Troubleshooting Platform

  • Remoteable Reliability Data

  • Problem Steps Recorder

Enhanced Group Policy Scenarios

Group Policy Scripting

  • Group Policy Preferences

Virtual desktop infrastructure streamline pc management
Virtual Desktop InfrastructureStreamline PC Management

Situation Today

  • Richer Remote Experience

  • Richer graphics with improved multi-monitor support

  • Use voice for telephony & applications with microphone support

  • Improved printing

Do More With VHDs

  • What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

  • Maintain VHD: Offline servicing of VHD images with same tools used for WIM

  • Boot from VHD: Reuse VHD files for deployment to managed desktop PCs

  • Deploying desktops in virtual machines on server hardware

  • Centralized management & security

  • Users can access their desktop and applications wherever they are


  • Using Windows for VDI scenarios requires additional VECD license

Windows 7 Solution

Deployment enhancements
Deployment Enhancements




Deployment Image Servicing and Management

Add/Remove Drivers and Packages

WIM and VHD Image Management

Windows Deployment Services

Multiple Stream Transfer

Dynamic Driver Provisioning

VHD and WIM Support

User State Migration Tool

Hardlink Migration

Offline File Gather

Improved user file detection


Microsoft Assessment and Planning

Application Compatibility Toolkit

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Windows optimized desktop windows 7 mdop investment areas
Windows Optimized Desktop:Windows 7 & MDOP Investment areas

Make Users Productive Anywhere

  • Improve Security and Control

Streamline PC Management to Save Costs

Direct Access


Federated Search




  • BitLocker

  • BitLocker To Go

  • AppLocker

  • Security development lifecycle

  • AIS


Windows Troubleshooting Platform

Deployment Tools

VDI Enhancements




  • MDOP


Performance | Reliability | Compatibility

Increased value in optimized desktop
Increased Value in Optimized Desktop

  • Make Users Productive Anywhere

    • DirectAccess

    • BranchCache™

    • Enterprise Search Scopes

  • Enhance Security and Protect Data

    • BitLocker & BitLocker To Go

    • AppLocker

  • Streamline PC Management

    • MUI Language Packs

    • VDI Enhancements (VDI requires VECD license)

    • Boot from VHD

    • Subsystem for UNIX

    • 4 Virtual Operating Systems

    • Network Boot License

Windows optimized desktop and dynamic it
Windows Optimized Desktop and Dynamic IT

  • Amplifies the talent and abilities of everyone in the organization…

…with the scale, agility and protection required by the enterprise.

Familiar, Easy to Use

Unified, Seamless

Lower TCO

Enterprise Ready

Breadth of Choice

Broad range of devices, form factors, and price points

Large ecosystem of trained and certified Microsoft IT professionals and partners

Quickly respond to changing business requirements

Transform software applications into managed services

Protect existing IT investments by extending hardware life

Stretch IT labor by automating routine tasks and reducing IT complexity

Achieve desktop to datacenter to device oversight of all IT assets

Manage all clients and applications from a single management console

Consistent experience for office, mobile, and remote end users

Simple management tools for IT Pros

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