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Microsoft lifts ban on Windows Vista virtualization rules

Microsoft has lifted its ban on enabling Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium in virtual machine environments.

The company announced on January 20 its decision to add the two new SKUs and planned to update its end-user license agreement to reflect the change. (Microsoft was planning on making the announcement at 12:01 a.m. on January 21, but another publication broke the embargo, so the company is going out with the news early.)

Microsoft almost announced in June, 2007, that it was relaxing some of its virtualization rules for Windows Vista, in order to allow users of a wider number of Vista SKUs to make use of virtualization technology on the desktop. Then, in the eleventh hour, something happened — exactly what still remains unclear — and Microsoft ended up halting the planned virtualization changes.

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Microsoft, Windows Vista, Home, Premium, Virtualization, Environment, Ban

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