MDOP currently includes Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), Asset Inventory Service (AIS), BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), Diagnostics And Recovery Toolset (DART) and Microsoft Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM). UE-V (code-named Park City) is a new addition coming this year. Microsoft is phasing out support for AIS and is not going to enable MED-V to support Windows 8, officials have acknowledged.
Microsoft uses MDOP as a carrot to entice users to sign up for Software Assurance, its annuity licensing program. Microsoft also makes MDOP available (for an extra $1 per user per month) to users who sign up for its Windows Intune PC security and management service.
In a new blog post this week, Microsoft officials said they were tweaking some of the UE-V features based on beta feedback. Among those tweaks will be the ability to control UE-V on a per-user basis; refinements to settings templates for Office 2010; and support for the final versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
In that same post, Microsoft execs also noted that Windows Server 2012 is now powering the back-end of Microsoft's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution.
"The combination of Windows (Windows 7 or Windows 8), RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012 brings VDI together, providing a single platform that delivers a common experience across three deployment options: sessions, pooled or personal VMs (virtual machines), blogged Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Management.