updated 02:05 pm EDT, Thu July 22, 2004
VPC 7 due in October
Microsoft today announced that Virtual PC 7 is currently expected to ship in October, but would be delayed further if the company is unable to ship the Windows XP Service Pack 2 in the expected early-August timeframe. Microsoft's Mac unit, the Mac BU, told MacNN that the company would wait until Microsoft released the final version of its much-anticipated Windows update to deliver the "most secure version of Windows XP to Virtual PC users. "Based on this, we anticipate that Virtual PC 7 with Win XP Professional and Home will release to manufacturing in September and be on store shelves by early October. Virtual PC 7 with Windows 2000 and the Standalone and Upgrade versions will be available a few months after this debut."
The Mac BU also said that any further delay in the Windows XP SP2 release date would also delay Virtual PC 7 accordingly. The G5-compatible upgrade was at Macworld San Francisco in January 2004; initially, it will ship as a standalone product (Virtual PC 7/Windows XP) as well as in the Office 2004 for Mac Professional Edition.