This week Microsoft finally released Service Pack 1 for its Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V, formerly Kidaro Workspaces) platform, introducing support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
This Service Pack comes exactly one year after the release of MED-V 1.0 and unbelievably, the product is still featuring the ancient Virtual PC 2007 SP1.
Virtual PC 2007 was released in February 2007, and its only service pack was out in May 2008.
Considering the amount of time needed to release MED-V 1.0 since the Kidaro acquisition (13 months), and the time needed to release this first service pack (additional 12 months), Microsoft could at least replace the virtualization platform with the “new” Windows Virtual PC which is included in Windows 7.
The effort that Microsoft has put in this product still seems less than acceptable and six months ago there already were enough elements to wonder if the company is really committed to enterprise desktop virtualization.
MED-V 1.0 SP1 is now available as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 refresh.