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Microsoft finally backs Virtualisation for all

Microsoft is pulling all stops to get Virtualisation into its customers' platforms like there's no tomorrow. The company has announced that it is lifting a ban that prevented Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium from being used in Virtual machine environments (Via MJ Foley's ZDnet (opens in new tab) blog).

Just Like Microsoft made an historical u-turn when Bill Gates announced that Microsoft would bundle Internet Explorer on Windows 95, the company is now taking action to catch up on others in the field of Virtualisation.

The Redmond-based company has also announced the acquisition of Calista Technologies which makes computer graphics for virtualised computers according to Forbes (opens in new tab).

According to Microsoft, "Calista software improves the user experience of 3-D and multimedia delivery for Microsoft multimedia applications, virtualized desktop deployments, and server-hosted virtualized desktops or applications using Windows Server Terminal Services. The addition of Calista technology to Microsoft's virtualization portfolio will enable people to watch video and listen to audio, and will enable remote workers to receive a full-fidelity Windows desktop experience without the need for high-end desktop hardware."

It remains to be seen how Microsoft will fit Calista in its growing portfolio and there are pointers that Calista's technology might be used in future Windows Home Server editions.

Microsoft will also expand its partnership with Citrix systems, as the relationship between the two companies might indicate that there's more than just collaboration in the air. hypothesises (opens in new tab) that Microsoft could buy Citrix which is worth only USD 6.4 billion - less than VMWare's USD 31.12 bn market capitalisation - and would give it an established player in the virtualisation market.

Microsoft also announced cuts to the price of a Windows Vista operating system running individual PCs from a single server computer - Windows Vista Centralised Desktop now only costs USD 23 per user per year.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.