Conclusion: One of the fundamental drivers of the Windows desktop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is the tightly coupled “application installation” model used by the Windows operating system. Application virtualisation can eliminate many of the problems associated with this model, significantly reducing the time and effort to install and maintain applications.

Since implementing application virtualisation requires significant changes to the desktop image the ideal time to introduce this technology is when deploying a new image across the desktop fleet. With Windows Vista being a significant trigger for deploying a new desktop image in the next 24 months, IT Organisations should consider adding application virtualisation to the migration project as a way to derive a stronger and quicker return from a Vista upgrade project.

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