Microsoft’s Client Proof of Concept

I just returned from TechEd 2010 in the Big Easy and had a lot of fun working the Microsoft Springboard kiosk. One of the new things that is happening with Springboard is they have released a Windows 7 and Office 2010 Proof of Concept deployment package. This allows an organization play with and understand how Windows 7 and Office 2010 interact with each other.

The proof of concept idea allows a company to download virtual hard drives designed to work in Windows Virtual PC (or earlier version Virtual PC 2007).  There are two virtuals: one contains Windows Server 2008 R2 and the other Windows 7 both fully installed, networked together and ready to go.  The server already has Microsoft’s Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) fully loaded as well as some of the deployment technologies ready to test.  Windows 7 includes Office 2010 Professional Plus.  Both sets of virtuals are set to expire 90 days later.  However since it is Windows Virtual PC just unzip them again and test over and over.   This creates an excellent platform to test bed and try out all these tools.

The easiest way to get to the information is by going to the web site found at Springboard Proof of Concept.  This talks about what is available with the Proof of Concepts as well as Step by Step guides and well as download link to get the combined 13 Gb files.  You can also order the DVD’s on-line if you don’t want to waste the bandwidth for the download.

All in all this is a great opportunity to try and test it before you move ahead.  There was a lot of excitement around the concept at TechEd and the DVD’s were disappearing as fast as we could get them out.  Check it out!