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ORLANDO, Fla.—Eric Horschman knows that the once-cozy relationship
that VMware and Microsoft once enjoyed is about to change in the next
few weeks.

“We’re clearly about to go into direct competition with Microsoft
with its Hyper-V technology,” Horschman, the director of product
marketing for VMware, said in an interview here at the Microsoft TechEd
2008 Professionals event.

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s upcoming virtualization technology. A source
close to Microsoft said Hyper-V will be released in early July, though
Microsoft officials will only say the technology will be released ahead
of the mid-August deadline they set for it.

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