Posted by: kurtsh | December 6, 2013

RELEASE: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2013 R2 now available

We are excited to announce the broad availability of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2013 R2 for download. MDOP is a suite of virtualization, management and security technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers that helps maximize the benefits offered by Windows.

In addition to support for Windows 8.1 and virtualization of Office 2013, this release of MDOP 2013 R2 includes the launch of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0, which make it easier for customers to personalize, deploy and manage virtual applications across devices. MDOP 2013 R2 also offers enhancements to the Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring tool (MBAM 2.0 SP1), including multi language support.


Included in MDOP 2013 R2 are:

  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2
  • User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0
  • Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 4.0 SP2 w/ Windows 8.1 compatibility
  • Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8.1
  • Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 SP1 with multi-language support.

And there is a new IDC Study out documenting the TCO of MDOP for customers deploying desktops in the Enterprise:

IDC recently estimated that when MDOP solutions are fully utilized, the increased productivity and automation of systems can save an average company nearly $200 per PC per year. That’s a 36% reduction in annual cost. Coupled with productivity gains and elimination of third-party software, hardware and additional software licensing costs, operational savings can top $500 per year per PC.

(Report available here:

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