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With the end of 2008 quickly approaching, it’s nice to kind of take a look back and see what the big IT trends of the year were. I don’t think that too many people will disagree with me when I say that virtualization was huge this year. Even so, virtualization if going to continue to evolve in the next version of Windows.
Today, there are a lot of people who run Windows Vista on the desktop, but who use Microsoft’s Virtual PC or a similar solution to run Windows XP in a virtual machine. That way they can continue to run applications that are otherwise incompatible with Windows Vista.
Windows 7 is going to introduce a concept called Enterprise Desktop Virtualization. The basic idea is that you will still be able to create virtual machines, but applications running within those virtual machines will appear to be running natively (and locally) on the Windows 7 operating system.
Microsoft hasn’t released a lot of details yet about how this will work, but I suspect that Enterprise Desktop Virtualization is probably going to use some of the same technology as Smart Grid.