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Where Do You Go from Here?

"We'll be offering some other migration tools, too, such as a tool that scans machines for (Java) code," said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Microsoft's Developer Platform & Evangelism Division.

Some time soon, however, migration from the current Microsoft VM to other products available today may become rather moot. Microsoft is now developing a new VM offering of its own, through the acquisition of Connectix's Virtual PC for Windows and Virtual Server products in February of this year.

"This purchase will enable Microsoft to respond with a VM solution that it can test and support end-to-end," Microsoft officials maintained in unveiling the acquisition.

Microsoft is currently beta testing an upcoming Windows 2003 Server-based product, also named Virtual Server. With Microsoft's Virtual Server, applications written for earlier environments, such as Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or IBM OS/2, will "run on modern hardware with the latest operating systems, including Windows Server 2003," according to a product information bulletin posted in yet another place on Microsoft's Web site.

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