Microsoft working with Apple on future of VPC

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: 3rd Party Software
    Link: Microsoft working with Apple on future of VPC
    Description:: Following this week's five-year commitment to the Mac platform, Microsoft said it is working with Apple to bring Virtual PC to the new Intel-architecture, although it didn't provide details about the release date.

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  2. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Man, this is Deja Vu from the wait for Virtual PC for the G5 processor. This time, MS is going to have to get on the ball since I'm sure 3rd parties will step in this time and they'll also have the competition of DarWine.
  3. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    Wait, doesn't Microsoft already have VPC for Windows? Why not just tweak that one to work with the Intel Macs?

  4. shareef777 macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I'm pretty sure there's more to it then that. Because based on that reasoning, there is no reason why all the current Windows applications can't be ported to any other Unix based OS running on an x86 processor.
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Does no one else see the irony here?

    /Why would anyone run VPC on an intel mac when you could just partition the drive "resourceful".
  6. Damien macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2004
    Does anyone know if you could install vista onto a external hard drive and boot from that
  7. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2003

    I can think of many reasons? Have you ever used VPC on a Mac? Besides it being pretty slow and unusable on some it does serve it's purpose and with an Intel Mac VPC could run at closer to native speed.

    Benefits of VPC:

    "Saved states" which allows you to freeze the entire OS in any state or workflow and restart later.

    Self Contained Drive images of the PC startup disk and "Undo Drives" feature which allows you to Undo everything that was done in windows from the OS itself to user tasks within a single session.

    Copy, Paste, Drag and drop between Operating Systems.

    Most importantly not having to reboot to get windows and being able to have both OSX and Windows running at the same time even multiple Versions of Windows and Linux etc etc. This is the greatest feature! I can have OSX, Windows 2000Pro, XP home, and Red Hat Linux all running at the same time. In fact I use Red Hat Linux under VPC more often than I use my native installation of PPC Mandrake Linux mostly because no restart is required and I can drag and drop files between Operating systems.

    Think about why Microsoft's sells a Windows version of VPC that runs other X86 software that could have been run natively? It's for the above mentioned features. If VPC for intel based Macs can be made almost as fast as running from a Partition then why not?
  8. Lucky736 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    For one XP doesn't support EFI which is a new BIOS Standard. Vista does however Vista only supports it on 64 bit setups, so therefore until MS has a copy of Vista that supports EFI on 32 bit processors, say bye bye to the idea of booting Windows as it is. Not saying it might not be hacked, but for now bye bye. And again, XP does not support EFI at all so until someone hacks it or Vista to run on these Intel processors and this new EFI BIOS, bye bye to the idea of popping in an XP CD or Vista DVD, partitioning, and voila! Dual boot.

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