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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 to Include “Windows XP Mode” for Application Compatibility

    The Windows Product team have made a really smart decision to put in some effort around the Windows XP Virtual PC experience .  This feature will is aimed at businesses that need to maintain XP compatibility with line-of-business applications.  Essentially, prior to this feature announcement...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Beta Supports Aero in Windows 7 VM

    I was testing out Windows Virtual PC that is used for “XP Mode” and decided to create some custom VMs for Windows 7 as a demo.  I went into it knowing full well that many cool features of Windows 7 wouldn’t be demoable simply because 3D support in a VM environment isn’t support…or at least I thought...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Simplifies Virtualization Licensing on Windows Server 2008

    In some scenarios, Microsoft found that the CAL policy surrounding Hyper-V use made the solution more expensive than VMWare’s.  Customers who virtualized Windows Server 2003 required 2008 CALs even though they had purchased 2003 CALs.  One of the primary reasons to virtualize an operating system...
  • Blog Post: Windows Hosted Virtualization Cheaper than Linux

    As a Microsoft employee, this picture just makes my heart tingle.  It’s great to know that that we not only have a technically superior virtualization platform but that its also cheaper to manage.  This picture is evidence that hosters actually pass on those manageability savings on to the...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualization Mentality

    Virtualization this past year has boomed.  The VMWare conference, where Microsoft had an amazing presence, had over 10,000 attendees.  10,000!  This is no small feat by any length.  Virtualization is the seen by many as the holy grail of computing for the next few years as it will...
  • Blog Post: Green Virtualization Consolidation Calculator. It’s Really Pretty!

    Thanks to Emma, Lady Licensing , for posting about this really cool calculator.  Not only does it let inform your of how Microsoft virtualization products can help you save money but it can actually produce a report for you based on your own environment! Check out http://www.hyper-green.com
  • Blog Post: Partner Webcast for Window Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V

    WNS140AL: Planning and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V: Part 4 – Plan, Deploy and Manage with the Security Compliance Management Toolkit Beta Presented by Tom Cloward Tuesday, September 29, 2009 8:00-9:00am Pacific Time Click here to calculate your local time This is a joint Microsoft internal...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Web Sandbox Virtualization Source Code under Apache 2.0 License

    Slashdot has posted one the more positive Microsoft posts I can remember in recent time discussing the release of Web Sandbox source code from folks from Live Labs . History The Web Sandbox builds upon Microsoft’s experience with DHTML, Windows Live web-based gadgets, and the Microsoft Research BrowserShield...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows 7 Beta on a Macbook

    Ars Technica is one of my favorite online publications.  They consistently provide lightweight content that is intriguing and informative.  As someone who has gone through the process of installing Windows 7 Beta on a Macbook Pro, I wish I had read this article .  My overall experience...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Relaxes Virtualization Licensing Rules - VMWare Stock Still Tumbles

    Microsoft is taking virtualization extremely seriously.  Microsoft is now the only company that provides the full suite of virtualization technologies allowing businesses to consolidate servers, isolate legacy OS environments securely, centralize application deployment, and protect data for remote...