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Microsoft to ship Virtual PC 7 in October

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.




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  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    BFT, man.

    We've only been waiting for this product for, like, almost a freakin year.

    Any word on whether they're still planning to support DirectX 9? I'm wondering if any of my old PC games (ie: Wing Commander) will work on my dual G5.

    Also, I'll be able to more strongly consider using a PocketPC with my Mac. PocketMac and Missing Sync are good, but don't support ePocrates Pro, which I need for my job.

  1. Blackcrayon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sense?

    Funny, they are holding up the entire release because they're waiting for Windows XP SP2... But they said the standalone versions and the windows 2000 version will come a FEW MONTHS after that? If the XP release is all that's holding it up, why not just release the other versions now for people that need them (and that might be willing to install the older XP onto their virtualPC).

    (I know, that's rhetorical, they want to sell the XP version *first* since it will make them the most money off of the people that need virtualpc as soon as possible...)

  1. EMC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    haha

    what a joke. I have a brand new iPaq PocketPC running Windows PocketPC 2003.

    I love the device to death, but the windows software that runs it is the biggest joke of an operating system.

    Every application is hacked down to the most ridiculously basic functionality, and then to top it off, it crashes every other day. It's like using a kiddie version of Windows 95.

    Sync with your mac you ask? Sure, if you don't mind using an emulated version of Microsoft Outlook. (Note, not the free outlook express, but the $100 piece of crp they try to pawn off as a mature email client)

  1. medmuse

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yeah

    "Funny, they are holding up the entire release because they're waiting for Windows XP SP2... But they said the standalone versions and the windows 2000 version will come a FEW MONTHS after that?"

    Yeah. I noticed this also. The press release itself is gibberish. They should simply announce that they will release a VPC 7 with some sort of operating system for however much money they can charge whenever.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hmmm

    Well, I think the first thing you can take from this is that VPC will be tied to the OS more than it used to be. This meaning that you can forget running Linux or other x86 OSes on it. Second, they sure do know how to take the latest MS delay and blame it on the delay to a product that it should have no bearing on. (And what about us users who NEED/WANT to use XP SP1, not SP2, are we out of luck???)

  1. videian28

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bah

    what ever happened to the version that just shipped with dos, so you could load your own operating system? seems like they are going to force you into buying a copy of windows

  1. videian28

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bah

    what ever happened to the version that just shipped with dos, so you could load your own operating system? seems like they are going to force you into buying a copy of windows

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Hmmm

    There are ample copies of Win 2000,Linux, and whatever else in the wild. If you don't want to run XP, then wait a day or two. By then, a lot of people will have tried to install their favorite Intel-based OS, tried to run their favorite game, and tried whatever else people do with hardware PCs. They are going to post their experiences on this and other forums. You can be assured that their worst experiences will be prominently featured. You can then make your decision about buying VPC 7. I can assure you that Bochs and Darwine will get a lot better if VPC no longer meets your requirements. However, Microsoft has always treated its Mac customers better than it treats its Windows Weenies. My bet is that VPC 7 will lose no functionality compared to VPC 6.1.1.

    So, relax and enjoy life.

  1. Evinyatar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: bah

    What did you expect would happen when Microsoft bought VirtualPC?

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What A Crock

    Typical M$. Now it's obvious that they're just wanting to push extra copies of XP SP2 down everyone's throat. I'll hold out for the standalone version, if it ever comes that is. It almost sounds like we might be waiting as long for a standalone VPC 7 as people will for Longhorn...

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