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VMware at a glance: a Microsoft initiative to poach VMware customers

This week's VMware news roundup includes Microsoft poaching VMware customers through a cutthroat promotion and new VMware product releases and betas.

This week's VMware at-a-glance news and analysis roundup includes Microsoft trying to poach VMware customers through a cutthroat promotion and VMware releasing new products and beta offerings.

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Microsoft, Citrix lure VMware customers with cutthroat promo
It's obvious that there's no love lost between Microsoft and VMware. Case in point: a new Microsoft and Citrix promotion that gives free licenses of XenDesktop VDI Edition to users of VMware View, on the condition that those customers ditch VMware's virtual desktop product. Find out all the juicy details of Microsoft and Citrix's latest promotion in this story.

Could Microsoft Hyper-V usage boost VMware vSphere adoption?
This article highlights the vast philosophical differences, in terms of virtualization, between Microsoft and VMware. Microsoft, for instance, emphasizes that IT managers should maintain the status quo and expand upon existing equipment. This strategy could benefit VMware once companies embrace virtualization and its numerous advantages over a traditional server infrastructure.

In this piece, Steve Kaplan makes a case that VMware sales will increase despite the ubiquity of Windows Server environments and Microsoft's "free" hypervisor.

ThinApp 4.5 launches as desktop-only tool
On the heels of Citrix System's release of XenApp 6, VMware has launched ThinApp 4.5 -- an application virtualization product that can integrate with VMware View. Thin App 4.5 promises support for Windows 7 migrations and better overall performance, but it lacks some of key features that partners were expecting. Check out this story for more information about VMware's application virtualization offering.

VMware Workstation, Fusion betas go live
Beta versions of VMware's host-based virtualization products are available for download, including Workstation 7.1 and Fusion 3.1. For more information on the litany of changes and improvements to each VMware product, read this news brief.


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