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Microsoft Adds to Virtualization

Microsoft has been busy piecing together in recent weeks new features and alliances intended to simplify virtualization in Windows, including broader interoperability, as well as validation of third-party apps in Windows Server environments.

The vendor has recently struck interoperability agreements with Novell, XenSource, and Sun. In mid-November, Microsoft also unveiled its Server Virtualization Validation Program, available next June, which will let third-party virtualization vendors validate their products with Windows Server operating systems.

This starts to address user complaints that Redmond's inability or unwillingness to support other apps complicates virtualization in a VMware-dominated market.

"Consistent with the rest of the software industry, Microsoft doesn't provide general product support for any third-party software," a company spokesman wrote in an email today.

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