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Microsoft's Virtual PC now a free download

By sMoRTy71 ·
Microsoft is now giving away the full version of Virtual PC.

"Whether Microsoft virtualization technology is an important component of your existing infrastructure or you're just a Virtual PC enthusiast, you can now download Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1 absolutely free. Microsoft is also offering the free download of Virtual PC 2007, with support for Windows Vista in 2007."

Wonder what VMWare will think of this.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx

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but you will still need to buy

by w2ktechman In reply to Microsoft's Virtual PC no ...

a new license for each virtual machine you are using. This is why it makes sense for them to offer it for free. If I create 3 virtual machines, one for each Win 2k/xp/svr03/, I need 4 licenses, the host OS, and 2k, xp, and svr03 license. Since these are mainly used for testing MS is making out by offering virtual PC for free (hoping that more people will go for it).

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Virtual Server is much better.... and free as well

by ACatCSA In reply to but you will still need t ...

Virtual Server R2 has been free since its release and its a much more stable product. VPC has some networking glitches and it, in general, not as robust as the server version. Of course, you will still run into the CAL licenses and the OS licensing. In my opinion, if you're this serious abut developing using Microsoft technologies, go buy an MSDN subscription (I have an MSDN Universal subscription). You get pretty much unlimited test or development software, so you only need to buy licenses for production environments.

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Agreed,

by w2ktechman In reply to Virtual Server is much be ...

I have an MSDN subscription as well, the only saving grace for virtual PC and virtual svr.
If I was not a subscriber, I wouldnt use vpc's (except maybe for Linux). But without USB devices, my keyboard and mouse wouldnt work in VPC either (for linux), but they did for WinXP -- go figure.

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