Thursday, May 05, 2005

Microsoft Details Plan to Put Virtualization in OS - Computerworld

Microsoft Details Plan to Put Virtualization in OS - Computerworld: "Microsoft plans to adopt an architecture similar to the one VMware uses -- a point that VMware seized upon as a validation of its technical direction. But Microsoft said vendors won't be able to differentiate themselves on virtualization alone once the technology is supported in operating systems and chips.
The virtualization road map that Microsoft laid out at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here includes a lightweight 'hypervisor' layer of code that will be built into the next major version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, to support the creation of virtual machines.
Microsoft is even 'leaning' toward eliminating future versions of its Virtual Server and Virtual PC products, said Mark Kieffer, group program manager of Windows virtualization. But Kieffer added that a decision hasn't been finalized. "
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