Posted by: kurtsh | September 23, 2009

BETA: Microsoft Asset Inventory Service 2.0

image Announcing Microsoft Asset Inventory Service 2.0. This is a new release of Microsoft Asset Inventory Service Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS). AIS is a hosted service that provides customers a comprehensive view of their enterprise’s desktop software environment. It helps reduce TCO and improve license compliance through advanced software inventory scanning and by translating inventory data into actionable intelligence.

Asset Inventory Service (AIS) allows customers to rapidly collect software and hardware inventory information, and reconcile Microsoft volume license agreements against installed software applications. It is one of the six technologies in The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). MDOP is an essential part of the Windows 7 Optimized Desktop solution, with technologies that help reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a Windows 7 desktop

This AIS 2.0 beta release introduces several new enhancements to the existing service:

  • Enhanced hardware inventory capabilities
  • New Silverlight-based user interface
  • Redesigned client technology
  • Scaled up to support organizations up to 100,000 PCs
  • Improved volume license reconciliation capabilities

What you need to do to participate:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity and reside in the United States, please complete the following survey by COB on Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

This beta program is available to MDOP and non-MDOP customers. More information about the currently released service, AIS 1.5, can be found here:

If you are selected to participate you will be notified via email no later than November 1, 2009. Selected participants should be prepared to deploy the AIS client to a number of test machines, participate in newsgroup discussions, and provide feedback.

Take the survey now for your chance to participate in this non-public beta program. Thanks and we look forward to your participation!

Regards,

The AIS Beta Team
scobeta@microsoft.com

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