A recent TechTarget report said testers and developers often struggle establishing Windows-based virtual desktops because the operating system demands so many system resources that large-scale virtualization is unrealistic.
According to the report, Bernard Ourghanlian, technical and security director at Microsoft France, told a French publication the virtualization issue could be solved in Windows 8. Ourghanlian said Microsoft could allow users to establish virtual desktops with MinWin, a version of Windows that strips the OS down to its minimal necessities, and Hyper-V.
Mark Minasi, an expert on Windows operating systems, told TechTarget he is restricted to using VMware applications to test his operating systems. If Microsoft provided MinWin and Hyper-V tools in Windows 8, he would be able to run multiple versions of Windows on one machine. This would give him the freedom to experiment with software in safe Windows environments without putting the rest of the device at risk.
According to a recent Datamation report, Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform has become a popular cloud computing utility because it allows companies to establish virtual private servers or cloud hosting plans with virtual server hosting companies. The report explained Hyper-V is becoming especially popular in hybrid cloud models.