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Hyper-V Comes to Windows 8 Client Officially

It’s almost confirmed - Microsoft’s Hyper V hypervisor will be featured in not just the Windows 8 server, but also the Windows 8 server client.

The Windows maker itself revealed the news on its “Building Windows 8” blog, though it refrained from specifying the SKU/SKUs through which this new offering will be made.

It’s nothing new though- rumours were already on the streets that it was going to be Windows 8 client too, and not only the Windows 8 Server which will be equipped with the new integrated hypervisor feature. But this is the first time when Microsoft is officially confirming the reports.

“Hyper-V enables developers to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments without incurring additional hardware costs,” Microsoft’s Windows division’s head Steven Sinofsky wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab).

“For example,” he explained, “we release pre-configured virtual machines containing old versions of Internet Explorer to support web developers. The IT administrator gets the additional benefit of virtual machine parity and a common management experience across Hyper-V in Windows Server and Windows Client.”

Meanwhile, the company also disclosed that the Hyper-V Replica technology in Windows Server 8 will be compatible with as much as 16 different virtualized processors.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.