Mike Neil provides an overview of Microsoft's virtualization strategy:
My team's ultimate goal here is the help customers’ IT systems become more self-managing and dynamic. We know that customer effort to deploy and configure IT systems often means change is too costly and too slow for IT to keep pace with the changing business needs. Virtualization software is just one technology – which is just one piece of the formula - that helps customers gain more control of their IT systems, and enable business to respond faster and stay ahead of the competition.
The people I work with are making broad investments to offer customers a set of virtualization products to become more dynamic. These investments span multiple disciplines and range from the desktop to the datacenter. These investments – in the areas of the platform, management, applications, interoperability and licensing -- fuel our virtualization strategy. I’ll touch on each now.