VirtualBox 5.0 Now In Beta, Adds PV To Windows/Linux Guests

Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 1 April 2015 at 02:31 PM EDT. 20 Comments
Oracle engineers have done an April Fool's Day release of the first development version of VirtualBox 5.0.

VirtualBox 5.0 is set to bring para-virtualization support for Windows/Linux guests to improve performance, various new instruction set extensions now exposed to the guest VMs, XHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices, bi-directional drag-and-drop support to guests, disk image encryption support, various GUI improvements, and a large number of bug-fixes.

VirtualBox 5.0 seems like it's going to be a big release albeit long overdue from the slow VirtualBox 4 releases. You can learn more about today's VirtualBox 5.0 Beta from the forums at
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