Test Center: A cure for Vista's compatibility blues
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization taps an anemic virtualization engine to bridge the gap with legacy Windows XP and Windows 2000 applications
In the end, I'd like to see Microsoft open up MDOP to the public or, at the very least, to make the client portions of APP-V and MED-V available to the great unwashed masses. In my Enterprise Desktop blog, I've called for Microsoft to leverage these two technologies to create a much needed compatibility layer for the next version of Windows, one that would enable the company to move away from the mishmash of legacy Win32 and managed .Net runtimes that plague the current environment. MED-V is a big part of that vision, a fallback solution for those applications that cannot be properly virtualized through file system and Registry redirection alone.
If Microsoft opens up APP-V and MED-V, it'll go a long way toward healing the enterprise IT rift it created with the whole Windows Vista debacle. MED-V is an important technology -- too important to hold out as a carrot for its exclusive volume license customers. Here's hoping that Microsoft does the right thing by making its virtualization technology available to everyone.