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 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.

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 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.