Reversing its earlier stance, Microsoft is now saying that it will allow users to run Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium as guest operating systems on a virtual machine. Previously, users had to purchase the most expensive Vista Business and Vista Ultimate versions to do so.

This is probably welcome news for Mac users who would like to run the latest Windows version on their Mac hardware.

In a telephone interview on Monday with CNET, Microsoft group product manager Patrick O’Rourke said: “Now is the right time, we believe, to make it easier for technical enthusiasts… to experience and see if virtualization is right for them.”

No further explanation is offered for the reversal in its decision except that “There was some internal discussions still occurring at the time.”

Will you personally benefit from Microsoft’s move?