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VMware-Microsoft Scuffle Continues

Last week, we told you that Microsoft is refusing to license low-end versions of Vista to run on the Mac in virtual machines. Microsoft cited security concerns, which seemed like a pretty random argument to some critics (like me).

While I'm no expert in virtualization, the people at VMware are, and they also saw a certain speciousness in Microsoft's contention. And like me, they took their concerns to the Internet.

I found this all based on the fine reporting of NetworkWorld's John Fontana, whom I hired for the newsweekly. VMware, Fontana writes, wrote an entire white paper contradicting Microsoft's claims.

What's really amazing is that a large company can crank out an 10-page white paper less than a week after the topic comes to the fore.

Microsoft didn't write a white paper in response. Instead, an executive wrote a blog which reads more like a white paper. More interesting than the blog are the fawning comments underneath from what are obviously Microsoft employees!

Here's what Fontana had to say.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/07/2007 at 1:15 PM


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