Windows/Linux Virtualization Battle Begins

Lora Bentley

At the risk of beating a dead horse, we had to share the latest news from Redmond -- especially in light of recent analyst predictions that the battle for the operating system market will be determined in part according to the players' respective offerings in the virtualization space.


A story at yesterday announced that Microsoft will offer virtualization technology "on an open source basis" (free of charge and without a license agreement, apparently) so that users have more control over how they use the software.


A company spokesperson says customer demand for increased interoperability, not the software behemoth's recent scuffles with the European Commission over antitrust issues, prompted the decision. An IDC study discussing the rising popularity of virtualization tech in the next three years was also cited as persuasive.


The next move, it seems, is up to the Linux camp.

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