Connectix Virtual Machine Tech Sold to Microsoft

Microsoft this week acquired from Connectix virtual machine technology that enables a single workstation to run multiple operating systems and application platforms. Microsoft will take over development and support of Virtual PC for both Windows and Mac, as well as Virtual Server from Connectix.

Microsoft will market the technology to businesses as a method to migrate to the latest operating systems without sacrificing existing applications. Virtual Server will enable companies to consolidate multiple NT4 servers into a single Windows Server system.

"Our customers told us they wanted a best-of-breed virtual machine solution that enables them to run their legacy Windows applications, even as they migrate to more modern operating system technology," said Microsoft corporate vice president of the Windows Server Group, Bill Veghte.

Even Apple came out to bless the purchase. "We're glad to see Virtual PC go into such good hands," said Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, Ron Okamoto.

Virtual PC and Virtual Server will be integrated into Microsoft's Windows and Mac product portfolios within the next six months. Virtual Server is still in beta testing and will debut before the end of 2003. A customer preview will be available starting April 15, 2003.

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