Businesses today want flexibility, mobility and choices about how they stay connected and productive -- probably the same things you want to help you run your own company. Virtualization technologies including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) bring the office to you and your employees wherever you are and allow for bring-your-own-device programs that keep them on the handsets they want.

With those concepts in mind, technology giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled an addition to its Desktop Virtualization family, User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), and updated its flagship Application Virtualization 5.0 (App-V 5.0) offering. The public betas for both products are now available for download, and when fully completed, they will ship as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. By implementing UE-V, IT departments can enable a consistent experience for users with multiple devices -- those provided by their company and their own personal PC or tablet. Users can change the device they're using and keep their experience without reconfiguring applications each time they log in to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The platform also integrates with Microsoft Desktop Virtualization products and can be deployed with System Center Configuration Manager, as well as third-party management tools. With App-V 5.0, virtual applications work like traditionally installed applications, and the platform is designed to be easy and efficient to use in VDI environments. App-V 5.0 allows applications to be stored and managed centrally and streamed to users on demand, while keeping important company information off the device. Also new in App-V 5.0 is a Web-based management interface based on Silverlight, which allows IT to deploy, track and service virtual applications without being tied to an installed management console.

It’s a mobile, mobile, mobile, mobile world, as they say, so you’d better be ready to move at the speed of business.