Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to include Hyper-V in the client version of Windows 8.
The software giant revealed the support in the latest building Windows 8 blog post on Wednesday. Details of Microsoft’s Hyper-V support had previously leaked after build 7989 contained Hyper-V 3.0 and a new virtual hard drive format, VHDX. “In building Windows 8 we worked to enable Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server, to function on the client OS as well,” said Hyper-V program manager Mathew John.
Hyper-V is important as it allows end users to run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 OS at the same time on the same computer. Additional machines can interact directly with the computer’s hardware inside a virtual machine (VM). Microsoft briefly touches on the new .VHDX virtual hard drive format in its post, acknowledging that Windows clients will support the files. The new VHDX format is capable of supporting disks much larger than the current 2TB restriction of VHD. Microsoft has created VHDX which is capable of supporting disks up to 16TB in size. The new format can only be used in Windows OS versions starting at Windows 8.
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