Microsoft to launch MED-V beta in Q1 2009, 64bit App-V in H1 2010

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At the end of October on its official blog Microsoft finally detailed when it will relaunch the technology acquired by Kidaro Technologies in March.

Kidaro offered a security wrapper for desktop virtualization platform called Managed Workspace that Microsoft planned to offer as part of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). But besides a name change (from Managed Workspace to Microsoft Enteprise Desktop Virtualization or MED-V) nothing happened so far.

The formal relaunch is expected somewhere in the first half of 2009 but Microsoft is now adding that a first MED-V beta will be ready for the first quarter of that year.

Microsoft also announced that App-V, its application virtualization and streaming solution once known as SoftGrid, will support 64bit virtualized applications in H1 2010.
The beta testers will be able to access the bits in early 2010, while those customers adhering the TAP program may have it in late 2009.

The support for 64bit is a critical and mandatory requirement for App-V as the upcoming operating systems Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (both expected for 2010) may be both 64bit only.

The Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.