Review: Virtualization in Windows 8

The use of virtual machines has been one of the quiet innovations that may be ready to explode into the public mainstream.

Virtual machine software has been around for several years. It is a computer inside a computer. With VM software you can run Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, all side by side in a sandbox frame and not interfere with one another. You can create networks inside a hosting computer. In fact you can even do it now with Windows 7.

But that leads us to Windows 8.

The first question is, what will Windows 8 look like? Well if Server 2008 is any indication about how it changed from Server 2003, don’t be surprised if Windows 8 doesn’t look like Windows 7. Why should it? If you want Windows 7, get Windows 7. So, then it has to look and be different. that is where virtualization comes in.

With the talk about the new type of chips that will run Windows 8; maybe it will be a 128 bit OS, running on a 128 bit CPU, so Window8 will have not just new chip technology but it will have a different OS structure.

So virtualization will provide a new, radically new approach to delivering programs to users. One thing that virtualization can do is run programs simultaneously. True that occurs now with multiple OS’s in existence. That is what a “Window” is. However, most of the time, the CPU is idle. And as you add additional cores, which are designed to improve performance, you make more programs run simultaneously. The improved technology is running far ahead of the software implementations.

Consider this, most applications have not been re-written to take advantage of 64 bit OS processing, or the 64 bit processor. Re-writing the programs will be costly and many software designers, following the cliche “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” will be reluctant to re-write their successful programs. So you have very powerful computers that can run many applications but don’t have the use of their technology to its fullest. However, with virtualization, the programs do not have to be re-written, and the CPU’s will be pushed to their limit. With multiple OS’s running the different programs, then the CPU’s will be running at full capacity.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by colmego on October 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Hello. And Bye.


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