What’s New in Application Virtualization 5.0 SP1 and User Experience Virtualization 1.0 SP1

As you may have seen, on Wednesday, we announced that MDOP 2013 is now available and detailed the new updates and features made to Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). But some of you might be saying, “What about Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), and Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0? What is updated in these products?”

As you have heard us say over and over, your feedback is very important and helps drive what we build. Both UE-V and App-V 5.0 were released five months ago and we have seen these technologies adopted by companies like Eastman, NTTX, Etisalat Lanka. As more organizations continued to test and deploy these solutions, the more feedback we received. This feedback drove us to release service packs for UE-V and App-V 5.0 in MDOP 2013.

App-V 5.0 is already a preferred way to deploy Office 365 ProPlus (Click-To-Run) in an enterprise with no sequencing required, but we know that one of most widely deployed version of Office by our customers is Microsoft Office 2010. With this in mind, we focused our efforts on the SP1 release of App-V 5.0 to provide Microsoft Office 2010 support. One of our goals for Office 2010 support on App-V 5.0 is to provide our customers feature parity with Office 2010 on App-V 4.6. We are pleased to have released the Microsoft Office 2010 Sequencing Kit for Application Virtualization 5.0 that will give end users a consistent experience with virtualized Office. This now allows virtualized Office 2010 to open, edit, and save Office files hosted with Microsoft SharePoint; search indexing support for Office file types; redirect URL protocol to virtualized Outlook 2010; print to virtualized OneNote 2010 – to name a few! This sequencing kit is used in conjunction with Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Kit for App-V that provides the required Office 2010 licensing service. For more information on the supported scenarios for App-V and Office, please refer to this Knowledge Base article.

With UE-V 1.0 SP1, we tackled a few areas but the biggest area of focus was providing support for Microsoft Office 2007. UE-V already supports Office 2010 right out of the box – which is great for many customers – but the feedback we received was that some companies wanted to roam the Office 2007 experience. To support these organizations, we created settings location templates that cover Office 2007 applications like Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Communicator, Visio, Project, and more. We also heard from you that the Office 2010 settings location template needed some updates. Taking that feedback to heart, UE-V now has a settings location template for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 and some minor changes to the existing template to provide an even better roaming experience.

Additionally in both App-V 5.0 SP1 and UE-V 1.0 SP1 we expanded our language support. App-V now supports 24 languages in the Sequencer and client, while the server will be supported in 11 languages. UE-V 1.0 SP1 supports 24 languages in the client and 11 languages in the Generator.

This covers the major changes we introduced with App-V 5.0 SP1 and UE-V 1.0 SP1 but there are few more minor updates we made. Check out the what’s new docs for App-V 5.0 SP1 and UE-V 1.0 SP1 to learn about all the other changes. To download the new versions, head over to the Volume Licensing Service Center, or use your TechNet+, or MSDN+ subscriptions.

Lastly, don’t forget to visit the Springboard MDOP Resource Zone on TechNet for additional whitepapers and videos on UE-V, App-V 5.0, and all the other MDOP technologies.