Hyper-V is coming to Windows 8. You would expect this to be the case for the server version of the product, but I’m talking about the client version. With this inclusion, Microsoft might have a way to provide backward compatibility while still driving Windows 8 into the next decade, but I digress.
Windows 8’s Hyper-V implementation has some specific hardware requirements that are found in many of today’s newest processors. Hyper-V in Windows 8 will require a 64-bit processor that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) capability. This is not the same as the VT or AMD-V processor extensions that have been necessary for quite some time. if you’ve like to learn more about SLAT, read this virtualizationadmin.com article by Janique Carbone; she does a great job describing the technology. Simply put, not everyone will be able to take advantage of Hyper-V in Windows 8 since not all processors support SLAT, especially older processors.
Once a public beta of Windows 8 is available, I’ll put the new Hyper-V through it’s paces.