Microsoft cheapens Vista virtualization (and oldish oddities)

One day early and six months late, it's Tuesday's IT Blogwatch in which Microsoft relaxes and lets us all virtualize the Vista. Not to mention those crazy kids in marketing ...

Ken Fisher almost lost patience:

It only took them a year longer than it should have, but Microsoft has finally relented and approved the use of Windows Vista Basic and Premium Edition in virtualized environments, for both "consumers" and business users. Among other things, the change means that Mac and Linux users can now run Windows Vista in a VM without having to pay for the more expensive Business or Ultimate editions. This is a boon to anyone who needs virtualized environments for testing and development. [read more]

Dwight Silverman's got the 20-20 hindsight:

This is something Microsoft should have done long ago. The company had argued that, because virtualization was something done by power users and IT shops, Ultimate and Business were more suitable editions. But the popularity of consumer products, particularly for Macs, undercuts that argument. [read more]

Mary Jo explains it all:

Until today, Microsoft’s end-user license agreement stipulated that users could run only the Business and Ultimate versions of Vista in virtual machines from Microsoft and other vendors. Microsoft attributed the original Vista virtualization restrictions to potential security risks, claiming that “security researchers have shown hardware virtualization technology to be exploitable by malware” and claimed Vista required an advanced level of know-how to thwart such virtualization exploits. [read more]

Electronista takes on the fan-boys:

The move regains an advantage lost to Mac OS X Leopard in recent weeks. A recent change to Apple's license for Mac OS X Leopard Server allows the software to run in a virtual environment on another Mac OS X system and was recently demonstrated in practice in a Leopard-on-Leopard test by Parallels using the company's Parallels Server software. However, the requirement for another Mac running Mac OS X Server limits the availability of virtualization for other platforms, preventing Linux and Windows operators from legally hosting virtual machines with the Apple OS present. [read more]

Rich Miller takes on the enterprise:

Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired Calista Technologies and expanded its alliance with Citrix Systems (CTXS) ... These moves, along with adjustments to Microsoft's virtualization licensing for Windows Vista, are designed to position Microsoft to compete more aggressively with VMware in the enterprise virtualization market. [read more]

Todd Bishop counts the savings:

Microsoft is decreasing the price of its Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop, which companies license to run virtual desktops. The price will drop to $23 per desktop annually, from the previous price of $78, the company says. [read more]

And finally... 12 Crazy Old Ads ...

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Computerworld editor Joyce Carpenter compiled IT Blogwatch today. Regular Blogwatcher Richi Jennings will return in February, with a very nice tan [not that we're jealous].

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