Microsoft will make you pay for Virtual Server
No one would mistake Microsoft’s server virtualization software team for a smooth operator. The group managed to change its stance on two issues during last week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) event, telling customers they’ll have to pay for an update to Virtual Server 2005 and shifting the release date for revamped virtualization software for the “Longhorn” Server operating system.
In the fourth quarter, Redmond will pump out Virtual Server 2005 R2. Customers will have to cough up an undisclosed fee for this upgrade instead of obtaining it as a gratis maintenance release, as once planned. A Microsoft rep bragged that beta testers were wowed by the quicker code – a possible reason for putting out the pay-to-play upgrade.
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