VMware 'No. 2' threat to Microsoft

Bill Gates contended that IBM remains Microsoft's biggest threat. Many others would say it's Google or Apple. Now, the New York Times quotes that “VMware is definitely a threat,” said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC, a research firm. “After Google, it is the company Microsoft fears most.” The story by Steve Lohr quotes people including Maritz […]

Bill Gates contended that IBM remains Microsoft's biggest threat. Many others would say it's Google or Apple. Now, the New York Times quotes that “VMware is definitely a threat,” said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC, a research firm. “After Google, it is the company Microsoft fears most.” The story by Steve Lohr quotes people including Maritz and Tod Nielsen -- one of a series of former Microsoft veterans now working for VMware -- and explains the threat it poses to the Redmond company. Virtualization technology from VMware and others let PCs and servers run more than one operating system. Microsoft offers its Hyper-V virtualization technology in conjunction with Windows Server, reports.