Microsoft: Windows 8 Clients Will Natively Support Hyper-V
The Building Windows 8 blog just keeps on getting more and more juicy. Its latest morsel is Microsoft plans to support Hyper-V in the client builds of Windows 8. Why is Microsoft bringing streamlined virtualization to the masses? Well, read on and find out …
You may remember originally Microsoft gave us virtualization with Windows XP mode in Windows 7. Now, with Windows 8, everyone can be a virtualization guru, since Hyper-V will now be implemented across the board in every version of Windows 8. According to the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft wants to give everyone, “IT administrator or simply an enthusiast,” to have native virtualization capabilities. And that doesn’t just mean virtualization of other instances of Windows. Hyper-V is a full-blown virtualization system, meaning that Windows 8 aficionados can virtualize Linux for developmental or testing needs. The only snag seems to be the steep system requirements; in other words, don’t expect to see virtualization on your Windows 8 tablet anytime soon. Windows 8 Hyper-V support will require a 64-bit CPU from Intel or AMD with at least 4GB of RAM.
Bigger picture? This has the potential to shove competitors such as Oracle with its Virtual Box and VMware with VMware Workstation by the wayside, especially if the Hyper-V implementation is done well. Such a scenario could be a game-changer for virtualization deployments, especially when it comes to VARs and other partners who focus on providing customers with comprehensive and compatible tools. It also could potentially cut back on costs, assuming the Hyper-V feature is free.
There’s just one last thing: Microsoft would like to remind you, however, that if you plan on virtualizing other versions of Windows, you’ll still need a license.