Link: Microsoft's Virtual PC 6.1 (free upgrade from 6.0, paid from 5) available tomorrow (Aug. 12)
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Originally posted by esome
With MS at the helm, there is a good chance that we'll see some real speed improvement. say what you will about their evil monopolistic practices, but the Mac versions of their software are usually pretty good (I still feel guilty saying that).
If you mine the archives, you'll find a reference to a statement from MS themsleves that says VPC 6.1 is simply a re-branding release, with MS TMs, license verbage, etc. NO new functionality or improvements (except maybe some spyware . You'll have to wait for the release in Q4 to see any change/improvements. Having said that, I'll bet a $ to a donut that you'll have to have 6.1 to upgrade to the next release. MS wants to make sure you register the product with them, you know. I do believe that the Q4 release may actually have some substance. Obviously, MS is in a position to make VPC really shine; let's hope that's what they do. I like the fact that current rev 6 users get free updates, so far.Originally posted by AppleMatt
Ohhh I wonder what the 6.1 update will bring?
Looks like I'll be shelling out for a new Office too...
As per MS, VPC will continue to be offered as a stand alone product. I seem them monitoring Windows licenses more closely now. I doubt you'll see the cheap PCDOS version from here on out, but I could be wrong.Originally posted by jaedreth
But do you see how this is gonna help MS make more $$$?
1) Don't sell VPC as a separate product. It *is* part of Office Pro.
2) Offer lower cost versions of office that *normal* people will buy.
3) Those who *do* buy Office Pro may also buy additional versions of Windows to install on VPC.
Finally, MS is getting smart about what would motivate a Mac user to depart with his/her cash.
Not that that's necessarily a good thing, come to thing of it...
Originally posted by jaedreth
Good to know.
I bet you're right on the DOS part.
However, they are working on Virtual Server, which would *rock* on XServe.
Have an XServe cluster running 10.3 Server and Win Server 2003.
Well, it seems apparent that MS doesn't want to kill VPC. They are a software company, so they should be HW agnostic. Obviously, they have their hands full just supporting x86. So, I would think they would have every interest in making VPC as fast as possible, since it: a) would lure people to MS software that might not otherwise be interested, and b) mean they don't have to maintain non-x86 versions of their products. I wouldn't be surprised if MS drops Mac-specific software developement and just sells x86 products running on VPC. However, I think they will wait until VPC is improved enough to make MS x86 products run well on the Mac.Originally posted by mac15
I wonder if they will actually speed up VPC?