Any new news on Virtual PC 7.0?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by NuPowerbook, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. NuPowerbook macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2004
    Well, next year I will be going to college and was wondering if there is any new news on Virtual PC 7.0. As all of you, I have heard all the rumors about it, including the one that says Virtual PC 7.0 can make use of the Graphics processor, alleviating the stress on the CPU, which should give a nice boost in performance because the CPU doesn't have to do graphics processing. Does anyone know if this is trues, and does anyone know when it is scheduled to be released in the form of a beta, trial or full retail product? I am curious about the performance on my PowerBook because in college there are some windows only apps that they use (CAD for example) that would be nice to have with me on my PowerBook while I have a Windows PC in my dorm. I truly love my PowerBook, and CAD programs seem to be the only area where I can't find a native port, or a substitute with the same features or compatibility as the one my college uses (Solidworks). So if it is true that VPC 7.0 will utilize the graphics processor, this should mean a humongous boost in 2D performance, along with a decent performance boost in 3D performance.
  2. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    The other big issue for Virtual PC 7.0 will be that it's compatible with the G5. I'm wondering if it will be bundled with Office 2004, which is due out soon?
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    According to the Microsoft website, Office 2004 Pro will have VPC 7 included, just like the current Office v.X has VPC 6.1.

    I personally cannot wait for it, as this will be the first version made completely by Microsoft and not Connectix. Should be interesting... :p
  4. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
  5. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
  6. NuPowerbook thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2004
    I don't mean to be rude, but you should have read what you posted. Virtual PC 2004 is the new version for Windows not Mac. Virtual PC 2004 is for emulating multiple x86 based operating systems through windows, similar to how vmware works, although IMO, vmware is faster. Thanks to everyone else who posted. Does anyone have an estimated date for release of Office 2004 or Virtual PC 7.0?
  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says.....there has not been too much info lately about possible release dates besides what you already know and what is on Microsoft's website....I believe May/June was mentioned as the *earliest* you should expect to see anything.....oh yeah!
  8. briankonar macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2004
    Windows PPC

    does anyone think the new Virtual PC 7 will run transparently, allowing you to use apps as if they were made for Mac OS X? The recent news of Windows development for the PPC (Xbox 2 on G5's using a modified Windows kernel) has me thinking that more than just Xbox 2 development is coming from that project (maybe even a fully fledged Microsoft OS for PPC's to compete on Apple hardware).
  9. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Maybe not with this version, but I think they're planning it:

  10. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    That's not being rude. My bad. If you scroll down the link to VPC for MAC is there. I used VPC for years until (unhappily) until my boss brought his sorry A** HP into work, so no need for VPC.
    What I read a all hours of the morning (and evening) seems to get blurry.
  11. iindigo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Hmmm... I'm not too sure about VPC, but DarWine is making progress, and it runs Windows apps as if they were Mac apps...

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