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VMware-Microsoft Scuffle Continues

Last week, we told you that Microsoft is refusing to license low-end versions of Vista to run on the Mac in virtual machines. Microsoft cited security concerns, which seemed like a pretty random argument to some critics (like me).

While I'm no expert in virtualization, the people at VMware are, and they also saw a certain speciousness in Microsoft's contention. And like me, they took their concerns to the Internet.

I found this all based on the fine reporting of NetworkWorld's John Fontana, whom I hired for the newsweekly. VMware, Fontana writes, wrote an entire white paper contradicting Microsoft's claims.

What's really amazing is that a large company can crank out an 10-page white paper less than a week after the topic comes to the fore.

Microsoft didn't write a white paper in response. Instead, an executive wrote a blog which reads more like a white paper. More interesting than the blog are the fawning comments underneath from what are obviously Microsoft employees!

Here's what Fontana had to say.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 07, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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