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Microsoft vs. VMware and virtual appliances

How does Microsoft compete with VMware in the virtual appliance space?

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While both VMware and Microsoft have made available free virtual machines for download, VMware's breadth of choices in this regard is much greater. Microsoft's menu of virtual machines consists entirely of their own products in virtual machine implementations; VMware's palette is full of third-party offerings that fit many different needs and solutions.

This was first published in January 2007

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