Desmond File

Blog archive

Virtual Reversal

Late last night, I got an IM from frequent RDN contributor Mary Jo Foley informing me that Microsoft had suddenly and unexpectedly reversed course on its virtualization licensing policies.

According to Foley's blog post, Microsoft was set to announce today more relaxed virtualization policies, which would "allow users to run all versions of Windows Vista in a virtualized environment." The previous policy (which will remain in effect for the foreseeable future) only allows the more expensive Business and Ultimate versions of Vista to run in virtual machines.

The change is a setback for development organizations that looked forward to using virtualized Vista environments for software development, testing, QA and prototyping. It could also scramble the channel, as VARs and resellers poised to configure and sell virtualized workstation environments must scramble to stay legal under the current EULA. You can read more about this issue here.

Of course, Microsoft has struggled with licensing around virtualized environments for years, so I suppose this kind of 11th hour change shouldn't be a total shock. What do you think? Does this change impact your plans? E-mail me at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 06/20/2007 at 1:15 PM

comments powered by Disqus


  • Top 3 Blazor Extensions for Visual Studio Code

    Some developers prefer to create applications with Microsoft's open-source Blazor tooling from within the open-source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor. Here are the top tools in the VS Code Marketplace for those folk, as measured by the number of installations.

  • How to Invert a Machine Learning Matrix Using C#

    VSM Senior Technical Editor Dr. James McCaffrey, of Microsoft Research, explains why inverting a matrix -- one of the more common tasks in data science and machine learning -- is difficult and presents code that you can use as-is, or as a starting point for custom matrix inversion scenarios.

  • Microsoft Engineer: 'It's Time to Move OData to .NET 5'

    Microsoft engineer Sam Xu says "it’s time to move OData to .NET 5" and in a new blog post he shows how to do just that.

  • Microsoft Goes Virtual with Developer Education in Face of COVID-19

    Like many organizations that host developer educational events, Microsoft has gone virtual amid shelter-in-place directives and a surge in remote work stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Microsoft Enhances Low-Code Power Apps

    Microsoft's nod to the low-code movement, Power Apps, has been enhanced with a bevy of new features, including mixed reality, canvas/model support in a new mobile app, UX improvements and more.

.NET Insight

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Upcoming Events