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.