John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.


Virtual Server 2005 R2 Price Reduction Announcement

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As just announced by Bob Muglia at the keynote for IT Forum 2005, the cost of Virtual Server 2005 R2 has been significantly reduced. The Standard edition now will retail at $99 US estimated, and the Enterprise edition will now retail at $199 US, estimated. The driver for this is to represent Microsoft's commitment to making server virtualisation more accessible to customers at the lowest price point.
  • This is great news, I've been saying for a while that the change from SP1 to R2 really shafted the poor souls who bought Virtual Server 2005 gold but weren't able to afford a volume licensing agreement (or more likely, were unable to convince management of the benefits of a VLA). This price reduction all but nullifies that issue.

  • This is practicly giving it away for free.....
    kill VMWare ?

  • Thanks John... you don’t know what your Blog is worth ;-)

    Good that I’m reading your Blog every day...
    Today I was at a TechNet Event on the German Campus and on MSFT Guy had a few questions about VS2005.

    He asked what MSFT announced @ the IT-Forum in Barcelona and who much VS'05 will cost....

    I was the only one who was informed and won a VS'05 Standard .....:-)

    Yeah.... I like TechNet Events and you Blog.

    Keep at it!

  • Thanks Philipp - I'm going to have to ask now, who was the Technet presenter? Drop me a mail through the contact option above...

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