Virtually Free

The world of virtualization is changing, becoming more and more prevalent, and loads cheaper. EMC's VMware has been driving much of the change with better and better features and cheaper and cheaper prices, including the free and wildly popular VMware Player (if anyone can tell me how to install this puppy, write me at dbarney@redmondmag.com).

This week Redmond fought back with a new, free version of Microsoft Virtual Server that's becoming increasingly Unix- and Linux-friendly. You might remember that Virtual Server used to cost as much as a grand, then was cut in price five-fold. Add to this liberal licensing terms for virtual Windows servers and we may just have a virtual revolution in the making.

Microsoft Adds Smarts to Its Business Intelligence Line
Microsoft is serious about business intelligence, pushing SQL Server for BI and adding a range of tools that somehow fit into the BI space, including the next rev of Office. Now Redmond has bought a little piece of the BI pie with its purchase of ProClarity, a company that has been adding BI value to various Microsoft apps. Expect a rebranding within a year.

Charles in Space
Microsoft genius and sometime Martha Stewart boy-toy Charles Simonyi is going into the ether. No, not cyberspace, which the Hungarian-born software guru knows all too well: Simonyi is literally going into the ether as a space tourist, the fifth such civilian to hop on a Russian rocket and blast into space. Like Paul Allen, the mega-rich Simonyi truly enjoy his wealth, spending countless dollars on foreign cars and $10 million homes. Find out what other ex-execs are up to here.

And for more on Charles' trip, go here.

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MySpace Clamping Down
Free speech freaks (I'm only a semi-freak, as free speech is far from absolute) are having conniptions over MySpace.com taking down 200,000 profiles it found offensive or too sexy. One motive might be the bad press from all the child molesters preying on members, kids showcasing illegal activities, and one young member committing murder and fleeing to the Midwest (all murderers and runway brides flee to the Midwest, it seems). Another reason could be political arch-conservative Rupert Murdoch, who just bought MySpace. His sitcoms on Fox TV might push the envelope, but not so with his Web properties, I guess. (Tell me where I'm wrong at dbarney@redmondmag.com.) Still, a profile on MySpace is a privilege, not a right, and if Rupert wants to clamp down, it's his business.

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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