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Microsoft Makes Hyper-V Available

REDMOND, Wash. -- Reaching the next major milestone
in virtualization development, Microsoft Corp. today made broadly available a
feature-complete release candidate of Microsoft Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based
virtualization software available with various versions of Windows Server 2008. A
beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 when it launched last month,
and this release candidate provides updated, near-final code.


Hyper-V provides customers with efficient and cost-effective virtualization
infrastructure software. It enables customers to reduce operating costs by
increasing hardware utilization, optimizing infrastructure and improving server
availability. Customers and partners can download the release candidate at by 10 a.m. PDT today.

"As customers begin deploying Windows Server 2008, we want to ensure they have the
tools to optimize their IT infrastructure. Hyper-V will help customers consolidate
IT systems and allow their businesses to respond more rapidly to ever-changing
market conditions," said Bill Hilf, general manager of the Windows Server Division
at Microsoft. "Virtualization has been too complicated and expensive for most
organizations, which is why less than 10 percent of servers are virtualized today.
Our goal is to make Hyper-V broadly available, easy to adopt and cost-effective
while delivering powerful systems management capabilities for customers' traditional
and virtualized IT environments."

Microsoft Corp.