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Windows 8 Going Virtual

Windows Server 2008 will come with Hyper-V, so why not Windows 8? Why not indeed. Microsoft says it will incorporate Hyper-V as a client virtualization tool, which will open up a range of possibilities.

One is security. If you run your browsing and e-mail sessions in a VM, they are isolated from your core apps and data. This is the theory behind VMware Player. Theoretically you can say goodbye to most malware.

Also, you can run older and newer apps on the same machine -- they will just operate on different VMs.

All sounds great, eh? But here's the rub: If you want to turn your Windows 8 machine into multiple computers, you'll have to buy multiple operating systems.

I think Microsoft really has to come to grips with this. If we are running VMs because surfing is insecure or because older apps don't run natively on a new OS, shouldn't Microsoft take some responsibility? Cut us some slack!

What is your experience with virtualization licensing? It is as rough as I make it out to be? Educate me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/09/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Sat, Sep 10, 2011

Microsoft has traditionally tied their licensing to a hardware device, such as a PC or server. They have CALs for named users and CPU licenses for unnamed users. But only for their server products. They don't know how to deal with licensing a single user for the same software running on multiple devices--regardless of whether the device is realor virtual. They need to get smarter about this before they get their lunch eaten by the other kids at school.

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