Microsoft has delayed the next version of its Microsoft Virtual Server product until early 2007.
The platform allows users to run multiple versions of Windows on a single machine, and the next version, a service pack, was due in the fourth-quarter of this year.
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The Service Pack 1 update to Virtual Server 2005 R2 will include support for Intel's and AMD’s chip virtualisation technologies, which ease users’ move to virtual working. The updated platform will also include improved back-up features.
The latest Microsoft product delay comes hot on the heels of the delays suffered by the general releases of Windows Vista and Office 2007, which will now be released in January 2007, instead of the end of this year.
Virtual Server 2005 competes against virtualisation market leader VMware and the open source Xen project, among other solutions.
The beta version of Virtual Server 2005 SP1 is expected in the second quarter of this year.