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Mike Neil drilled; competition, licensing, security discussed

The prevailing belief among observers is that Microsoft is way behind VMware. What do you say to the WSV-bashers?

At a high level, I disagree. Server virtualization is still a developing market and technology. Since, to a great degree, the utilization of virtualization has been in relatively confined areas, typically in large enterprises or infrastructure products like [VMware's] ESX Server, Microsoft will be able to have a much broader approach and make virtualization available to a wider swath of the industry.

Are you on track for a mid-2008 release of WSV? A lot of people are casting doubts after your spring roadmap adjustments.

We made the adjustments -- the deferral of some of the features -- so we could maintain our schedule and provide the technology with high quality on the timeline that we articulated: Windows Server 2008 plus 180 days. [The server is set to ship Feb. 27, 2008.]

Will the delayed WSV features be delivered in some fashion before the next release, which could be as many as four years away, given the server operating-system release cycle?

Windows Server Virtualization is coming out off the [server] cycle, and while we do plan to follow up with the deferred features in subsequent releases of the [operating system], we have not talked about specific timing. We are hoping to sync up with the cycle.


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