Microsoft’s decision to allow Home versions of Vista to run inside virtual machines may have far-reaching benefits in the coming years.
“This move is a good thing for those computer users who aren’t Microsoft customers (like Mac and Linux users) since they now have a cost-effective way to access Windows and its massive software library,” he said, noting that Microsoft now has a shot at the 6 percent of desktops not running its operating system today. “This is a great way for Microsoft to effectively reach 100 percent of the desktop market.”
I would say that’s a good strategic and PR move by Microsoft judging by the fact that Vista is yet to be heavily adopted like Windows XP. The majority of people (or at least people that I know) are still reluctant to upgrade as people are still vary of how stable Vista is. Not to mention that Vista is more resource hungry then its predecessor XP, and offers no obvious enhancement or productivity improvement for the daily normal users. Opening up Vista for virtualisation increases the chance of people grabbing a virtual machine from someone else and at least give it a “test drive”. It stands a chance of getting more exposure, which is better than nothing.
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