Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Oct 2006 14:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Microsoft on Thursday released a beta version of Virtual PC 2007, the latest version of the company's virtual machine software that is capable of running Windows Vista as both a host and guest operating system. The update takes advantage of new hardware virtualization technology from both Intel and AMD. Virtual PC 2007 Beta is available for download from Microsoft's Connect beta site.
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Why?
by WarpKat on Fri 13th Oct 2006 15:29 UTC
WarpKat
Member since:
2006-02-06

VMWare is already FREE - it's FREE - FREE FREE FREE!

And it WORKS on Win/Lin and will soon work on Mac!

Not to mention it runs more x86 operating systems than you can shake a stick at!

MS must be grabbing at a lot of straws right now just to get some market share back in the virtualization arena.

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RE: Why?
by Marcellus on Fri 13th Oct 2006 16:08 UTC in reply to "Why?"
Marcellus Member since:
2005-08-26

I can't recall which turned free first, but Virtual PC 2004, and Virtual Server have been free for some time already.

What exactly is your point?

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v RE: Why?
by deb2006 on Fri 13th Oct 2006 19:59 UTC in reply to "Why?"
RE[2]: Why?
by Maciek on Sat 14th Oct 2006 00:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
Maciek Member since:
2005-11-15

What part of the original comment didn't you understand? You don't have to pay for it, so the author correctly used one of the many definitions of the English word "free".

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USB
by agildehaus on Fri 13th Oct 2006 16:14 UTC
agildehaus
Member since:
2005-06-29

And the major reason my company has moved on to VMWare is the lack of USB support in Virtual PC. I wonder why this wasn't a priority for 2007.

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Actually pretty good
by AndrewZ on Fri 13th Oct 2006 12:35 UTC
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2005-11-15

I used this a few months ago and it's actually pretty good. It's free, it's highly compatible with MANY OS's, it's easy to use. what's not to like? It's a little slow.

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Wes Felter
Member since:
2005-11-15

Virtual PC may be an easy way to try Vista, but MS recently revealed that only the more expensive versions of Vista are allowed to run in VPC/VMware/Parallels.

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

This is not true. The license states that you cannot use the same copy of Vista you have installed on your computer in a VM. In short, with the exception of Ultimate which allows you to run a single instance in a VM using the same copy you have installed on your computer, you need a seperate licensed copy of the OS to run in a VM. You are not barred from running Home Basic or Home Premium in a VM. You just need an additional license specifically for the copy you intend to use in the VM. If you are buying any edition of Windows Vista solely to use in a VM, you may do so.

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VMware Free?
by phate on Fri 13th Oct 2006 20:40 UTC
phate
Member since:
2005-07-09

I'd love to know where you've read that VMware is free? Yes, there is the VMware Player, but it only lets your run prebuilt "appliances" (with out a little geek magic that is ;) . VMware Server is also free, but it lacks sound and just as the name says its meant for a server and its not particularly tuned for use on some geeks laptop that he carries from airport to airport.

As much as I want one there is no free consumer-grade VM except Virtual PC 2004 (and hopefully VPC2k7).

Yes there is Qemu and Bochs, but they are hardly consumer friendly...

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RE: VMware Free?
by n4cer on Fri 13th Oct 2006 21:18 UTC in reply to "VMware Free?"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

As much as I want one there is no free consumer-grade VM except Virtual PC 2004 (and hopefully VPC2k7).

VPC 2k7 will definitely be free.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx
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 absolutely free. Microsoft will also offer the free download of Virtual PC 2007, with support for Windows Vista, available in 2007.

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RE[2]: VMware Free?
by CuriosityKills on Fri 13th Oct 2006 21:35 UTC in reply to "RE: VMware Free?"
CuriosityKills Member since:
2005-07-10

And it will support Intel VT and AMD SVM...nice...i would say pretty f good

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RE: VMware Free?
by WarpKat on Sat 14th Oct 2006 19:26 UTC in reply to "VMware Free?"
WarpKat Member since:
2006-02-06

"VMware Player runs any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server."

That's an actual quote from their website, so I don't know what you're trying to justify when you say "without a little geek magic."

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VMWare Server IS *FREE*
by WarpKat on Fri 13th Oct 2006 23:44 UTC
WarpKat
Member since:
2006-02-06

But to expect the source code? Come on...that's a little unrealistic.

http://www.vmware.com/products/free_virtualization.html

I've been running it for some time now.

I'm not sure where some of you have been, but they released the server - free to use - in July of this year:

http://www.vmware.com/news/releases/server.html

It was even spotlighted here and on /.

=:P

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