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MS trumps Apple with virtual machine rights

updated 05:00 pm EST, Mon January 21, 2008

MS Virtual Machine Changes

Microsoft today expanded its virtual machine rules for Windows Vista in a way that will match similar competition from Linux and Mac OS X, based on changes to its end-user agreement. While having previously allowed only Vista Business or Ultimate software to run within a virtual environment, the update allows a "licensed device" to run both Vista Home Basic and Home Premium versions inside of such code, regardless of the actual operating system. The license bars the use of Microsoft-made digital rights management (DRM) such as protected Windows Media inside the environment but is otherwise unrestricted.

The company is also purchasing virtual machine specialists Calista Technologies to aid in improving 3D and video playback inside of the simulated environment, which will help Vista run closer to its native speed for more demanding tasks.

The move regains an advantage lost to Mac OS X Leopard in recent weeks. A recent change to Apple's license for Mac OS X Leopard Server allows the software to run in a virtual environment on another Mac OS X system and was recently demonstrated in practice in a Leopard-on-Leopard test by Parallels using the company's Parallels Server software. However, the requirement for another Mac running Mac OS X Server limits the availability of virtualization for other platforms, preventing Linux and Windows operators from legally hosting virtual machines with the Apple OS present.

No companies have yet announced software with explicit support for either of the Vista Home Editions; Parallels, VMware, and other firms so far only recognize support for Vista Business and above. [via ZDNet]



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  1. robttwo

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    wow!!

    Imagine if MS could only describe this "product" so that a human being could understand.

    Doofuses.

  1. lockhartt

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    trumps?

    How is this a trump?

  1. BelugaShark

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    errr

    can someone translate that please? Does that mean Home and Basic can run on a virtual machine as long as the virtualization software has been "licensed"? The license bars DRM?? Do you have this article in English?

  1. McDave

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    Sounds like...

    ...MS have just caught up with Apple by allowing all of their workstation OSs to be virtualised. But that's all MS really do - try to catch up.

    McD

  1. HCRefugee

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    lockhartt is right...

    this is hardly a trump. The first sentence of the article make that clear: "Microsoft today expanded its virtual machine rules for Windows Vista in a way that will *match* similar competition from Linux and Mac OS X..."

    The article then mixes apples with oranges by stating that the new Vista HOME end-user agreement is essentially on par with the end-user license for Leopard SERVER. Just plain sloppy reporting.

  1. HCRefugee

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    "licensed device"

    mcdave, the way I understand it Home and Basic can run on a virtual machine if Vista is activated using the hardware that the virtual machine is running on. Your hardware (Mac or Linux machine) becomes the one "licensed device" that you are allowed to install Vista on.

    As for DRM, it sounds like any Windows media files (which use MS's particular flavor of DRM) will not be allowed to be played in a virtual machine.

    We...must...control...all...media...access...and...kill...ipod...cannot...hang...on...much...longer..............

  1. HCRefugee

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    oops

    my last comment was meant for belugashark

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Trump ...

    ... as in bad hair and "your fired."

  1. BelugaShark

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    thanx hcrefugee

    that makes sense, i can go to sleep now.

  1. horvatic

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    So run windows in Windows

    Windows within windows? WHY? And how does this trump anyone and for what reason would you double your trouble?

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