CyberTech Rambler

February 26, 2007

Is MS virtualization policy anti-competitive?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 4:10 pm

Finally, I am back after a 4 weeks holiday.

First new post is about VMWare finds it necessary to complain loudly about MS Virtualization Policy. Mary Jo’s blog will give you some background and response from Microsoft about this accusation.

My take on this issue is if Microsoft did not write the policy to explicitly favour its own virtualization technology, then it is fair game. As such, I throws out all of VMWare’s claim except the last one, where VMWare claims Microsoft refuses to license the API. Even then, this is conditional on Microsoft being guity of using its Windows monopoly power to muscle into the virtualization market at the detriment of others, which is not yet clear.

Quite a few claims rest on the VHD formats Microsoft is using for its virtualization products can only be used on MS products and prohibition to use it on other virtualization products. These claims are without merits since VHD are only file formats. This is conditional on Microsoft does not modify Windows in such a way that it works better in VHD format. VMWare had not claim that this is the case.

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