Theoretically, Hyper V was put into the client OS of Windows to maximize compatibility. If you can't get an app or a device to work correctly, the easiest solution is to virtualize it. This is where VMware works over Hyper V at the moment. I get that Hyper V is intended for servers, but I never really realized that Microsoft isn't taking a server product down to more of a consumer orientation.
I suggest VM to host access because I do frequent file transfers between the host and VM. I could copy and paste it over, but that takes my limited space on the VM's virtual drive. I find it's easier in VMware to network a folder on the host drive to the VM so I can have FULL access to my files. I also use STD protection in the VM as it's connected to the internet, and for security concerns as well.
My main wish is to have Hyper V to be designed in the client OS of Windows 8 to be easier to work with, as any random viewer of your post wouldn't even know what half you're saying. If Microsoft is to take a server product and put in into the client OS, it has to translate down appropriately.
First I have to say that VMware WorkStation is the OS hosted VM solution that I use and prefer, but for Servers I prefer Hyper-V, also it's important to know that VMware as many products, WorkStation and Player are Desktop Product, ESXi and vSphere are for Servers , Same with MS, they have Virtual PC for desktop and Hyper-V is for server.
So , they can't make Hyper-V like you ask, because it will be useless for the application it was design for. Microsoft as to improve Virtual PC, this is their equivalent to VMware WorkStation. Forget the idea to adapt Hyper-V, MS will never do it, they need it to compete with VMware, Citrix, and even now Intel in the Virtual Server market, this is a big share of the market. MS own only 36% of the Servers market, they need their Hyper-V to survive in it. Big box like Google, Amazon and co. use Linux servers, Microsoft is more present in the Small and Medium business, and frankly, I prefer Hyper-V than VMware Vsphere for it, it's far more easy to extract the VHD from a Hyper-V server than a EXSi one ( VMware) , if the motherboard die as exemple.
The part you don't understand, Hyper-V is not integrated to Windows, it's install under the Windows Kernel, between the physical hardware and the VMBus look at the picture, you will see the parent partition ( Windows 8 ) and the Child partition ( a OS in a VM ) are separate, the VM don't run over Windows
On Vmware WS the virtualisation layer is over the Kernel of Windows, so it'S why you can share betwen the VM and the Host
I can't see any problem with having Hyper-V in the Windows 8 OS that can be used as a desktop application -- This should compete with VMware workstation.
Virtual PC is too old and too MS related --in fact it doesn't even officially support non MS GUESTS (although with a bit of "poodlefakery" you can I believe to get Ubuntu to run on it. It also requires that a user be logged on to the HOST to start up any VM required too.
VMware PLAYER doesn't have enough features if you need anything more than to be able to use a GUEST OS from your main host.
If you need to set up some VM's and be able to logon to those remotely without having to logon to the HOST machine then HYPER-V seems a good solution - even for a desktop user.
Of course for SERVERS that's a totally different issue -- but I can see the need in a very small network say 3 or 4 PC's who wish to access personalized remote W7 machines having a bog standard W8 workstation that can be used as a normal workstation but also hosting say 2 or 3 VM's.
In really small environments or homes you don't or probably won't have an IT dept anyway -- usually there's "the one person" who just does all this stuff.
1. Non-disappearing scroll bars
2. Minimize, maximize, exit buttons for any app window
3. Ability to change app window size and put it anywhere on screen
4. Ability to have multiple windows on screen at same time and at different sizes,
Better customization on the Start Screen, basically MORE colors or having a color slider. If I can make my Desktop have a good deep shade of red, the Start Screen should match that to the RGB.
It'd be interesting to see smaller tile sizes like in Windows Phone 8.
Allowing certain sound events like sign on and signing off.
CHUCK OUT THE FREAKING AERO ICONOGRAPHY!!! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!
I wonder how windowed metro apps would look.
I want the option of completely ignoring Metro and starting to a desktop that has at least all of the features of Win7. Then, I can fiddle with fluff when I want by opting to switch to Metro. It would be nice if switching back and forth did not require restart.
Give it BACK!
The lack of it is my one big hate!
The RTM is SO bland!
They should have made the RP the release version.
Or, better, de-bugged the CP and released that.