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Microsoft To Spotlight Virtualization Hypervisor, Manager At WinHEC

Microsoft will take a swing at VMware at WinHEC this week by announcing plans to accelerate the delivery of its planned virtualization hypervisor, code-named Viridian, and will debut its virtualization management platform, code-named Carmine.

The plan is to try to get Viridian in private beta into a limited number of partners’ hands sometime in the fourth quarter of 2006 and make it available as an add-on service for Windows Longhorn Server in the next two years, sources said. It is currently slated for the R2 release of the Windows server expected in 2009 or 2010.

That’s not all. According to sources, Microsoft is in negotiations to buy application virtualization software ISV Softricity, Boston. The deal was not yet completed as of late last week, but talks are serious, sources said.

Also at WinHEC, Microsoft is expected to discuss a feature for Windows Vista developed with Softricity and informally dubbed Virtual DLL.

The Virtual DLL feature developed by the two companies will enable users to virtualize application registries and “end DLL hell once and for all,” several sources said.

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