Microsoft Promises Vista Version Of Softgrid


Microsoft said Monday that the Vista version of its Softgrid application virtualization product and enhanced asset management and desktop monitoring will be available July 1.

The updated Softgrid platform is part of Microsoft's Desktop Optimization Pack for its Software Assurance customers who buy software maintenance contracts. The Windows Vista client has been widely available since early this year.

As part of the version 2.0 Optimization Pack, which was released to manufacturing this week, Microsoft will release enhanced asset inventory services, including a Vista-compatible version of Asset Inventory Service, a byproduct of the company's acquisition of AssetMetrix.

A beta version of that service, which enables users to track and report on more than 430,000 applications in use, is slated to be available July 1, Microsoft said at its TechEd 2007 conference in Orlando, Fla.

Also on July 1, Microsoft plans to release an enhanced System Center Desktop Error Monitoring Service on July 1 as well as its advanced group policy management tool for Active Directory.