Microsoft introduced the second beta version of Vista, the next version of the Windows desktop operating system, at its WinHec hardware conference in Seattle last week.
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Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 was also released at the conference. The toolkit is designed to help minimise compatibility issues when rolling out a new Windows operating system.
The beta 2 of Windows Server Longhorn was also made available to more than 500,000 people.
Speaking at the conference, Bob Muglia, senior vice-president server and tools business at Microsoft, said, “To help customers streamline the management of their virtual environments, we are developing a product called Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.”
He said Microsoft plans to release a public beta of Virtual Machine Manager in the next 90 days.