Hyper-V at the desktop in Windows 8?

There have been a lot of articles about the leaked images from Windows 8 builds.  These images clearly show that Hyper-V is currently included in these test Windows builds.  Although it’s entirely possible that Hyper-V is included only because both the upcoming desktop and server products will share the same core, I’m thinking that it would be a pretty cool thing if Hyper-V was included in both the desktop and server editions of the software.

Imagine the possibilities:

  • An enterprise-grade hypervisor on every desktop (if the role is installed).
  • For all intents and purposes this “client hypervisor” could significantly enable VDI initiatives.
  • This could be a method by which Microsoft finally starts to jettison some of the backward compatibility “cruft” that has been allowed to accumulate over the years.

What do you think?  Do you think that Microsoft will use Windows 8 desktops as an opportunity to extend Hyper-V’s presence?

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