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Vista virtualization move opens real doors
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 22 January 2008 11:31
January 22, 2008 4:00 AM PST
Vista virtualization move opens real doors
Posted by Ina Fried, C/Net News

Microsoft's decision to allow Home versions of Vista to run inside virtual machines may have far-reaching benefits in the coming years.

The initial market for such virtual Vista machines is likely to be among Mac users looking to run Windows or within the ranks of hard-core PC enthusiasts. But the move could also benefit the average PC user who just wants a machine that's easier to use, says Woody Hobbs, CEO of Phoenix Technologies, a leading maker of the BIOS (basic input/output system) software that loads before a PC boots up.

Phoenix has been working on HyperSpace, a technology that allows for a range of software from embedded Web browsers to media players to security programs, to run outside the main operating system. The company has been working to bring HyperSpace to market this year, but because the technology relies on virtualizing some components of the PC, Hobbs said, it was hampered by Microsoft's licensing rules, which limited Vista virtualization to the two priciest versions of the operating system. Virtualization allows a computer to run a single version of an operating system but seem to be running multiple copies.... [More]  [Comments]

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