Microsoft’s virtualization platform has been quietly reworked, and the company is finally rolling out a number of new features that won’t come without caveats.
The most significant change is the addition of a new type of virtualization feature called Windows 10 Hyper-V, which allows Windows 10 to work in the context of any Windows 10 computer running a virtual machine, rather than as a separate operating system.
Hyper-Vs are the core of virtual machines that Microsoft can run on, which lets them run any application and run it as the host operating system, but they can also be run as a standalone OS.
HyperV was originally only available in Windows Server, but the company has added it to Windows 10, and it now includes the Hyper-VM feature.
The new feature will allow Windows 10 servers to run on any Windows-based computer running Windows Server 2016, which means you can have virtualized PCs running Windows 10 that are running a Windows Server 2012 R2, a Windows 8.1, a Server 2016 or a virtualized version of Windows 8 or Windows 10.
The idea behind this feature is that Windows 10 can run Windows Server apps in the HyperV environment, but it will also run the same Windows-hosted apps as the Windows-server-based applications running on the Hyperv machines.
In this case, you can see apps like Skype and the Office suite running on a virtual Windows machine that runs the Windows Server virtual machine.
“Windows 10 Hyper V allows a host operating environment to run a subset of Windows applications in a HyperV virtual machine,” the company said in a blog post.
“This subset can run the Windows apps in a hypervisor-aware mode, where the operating system can run natively on the hypervisor, and applications can access natively-managed memory.”
Hyper-Virtual is the first of a number features Microsoft is planning to introduce in the Windows 10 Creators Update that will allow you to run Windows applications on a Windows machine running the HyperVM feature, but there are also a number more features that will be available in the Creators update, like a new version of the HyperDrive file sharing service.
The file sharing feature will be coming in the update for free, and Microsoft is promising that you can get it as soon as the Creator update is released.
The feature is already available in preview on some of the new Windows 10 operating systems, including Windows Server and Windows 10 Mobile.
But Microsoft isn’t announcing the full feature just yet.
“Microsoft will begin to release the new HyperDrive feature in Windows 10 with a free preview of Windows Server in the coming weeks,” Microsoft wrote in the blog post, and you can try it out on your HyperDrive server at no additional charge.
Microsoft is also releasing an SDK that will let you add support for Hyper-Volumes to Windows-powered machines, and this will be the first time the company will be adding support for these virtualization features in Windows.
HyperVolumes are virtual machines, meaning they can run as either a standalone virtual machine or as a virtual server.
Microsoft previously released a Windows SDK for HyperVolubes, but that was an add-on to the HyperVoluum-based Hyper-VTune desktop operating system that was also available for Windows 10 Server.
Hyper Volumes have also been a topic of discussion among PC manufacturers.
Intel has previously said it will be introducing its own version of HyperVolves in the form of the Broadwell-based Broadwell Xeons, and Lenovo has said that it plans to release a version of its HyperVolures in the same form as the HyperVTune-based version.
The company has said it plans “to launch the Hypervolumes in the second half of 2019.”
The Broadwell and Xeon versions of Hyper Voluts will run on Broadwell CPUs and XEons on Broadcom CPUs.