VirtualBox targets VMware users; Microsoft updates virtual desktop

Barbara Darrow, Nicole Harding, Editors

IT channel news in brief for April 9, 2009

VirtualBox lures VMware users

VMware administrators say that Sun Microsystems' xVM VirtualBox

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is a cheap and viable alternative to VMware Workstation for testing and configuring VMware virtual machines and appliances.

This week's release of VirtualBox 2.2 cements that impression with support for the Distributed Management Task Force's Open Virtualization Format, or OVF, as one of its supported formats, according to

Microsoft releases virtual desktop technology

Microsoft's first version of virtual desktop technology is now available to IT shops that use Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009, according to

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization v. 1.0 (Med-V) puts a user's desktop on a virtual machine, which can then be run on a local user's computer on a host operating system. This allows IT managers to have greater control over end-user desktops.

Microsoft acquired Med-V software via its buyout of Kidaro, a virtual management company, in March 2008.

BlackBerry Live Search updated

Windows Live Search for BlackBerry has been updated for the latest Bold, Curve 8900 and Storm devices, according to Users can download the appropriate version for their devices from the Live website.

Early reaction appears to center on the lack of GPS capability in the update.

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