Virtual PC 2007, downloadable now, supports Vista as host and guest

Summary:About three weeks after launching Windows Vista, Microsoft is on a roll with new and updated versions of its own products that are compatible with Windows Vista. Microsoft made available on February 19 not only a Vista-compatible version of SQL Server 2005, but also the final version of Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 product, which supports Windows Vista as both a host and guest operating system (OS).

About three weeks after launching Windows Vista, Microsoft is on a roll with new and updated versions of its own products that are compatible with Windows Vista.

Microsoft made available on February 19 not only a Vista-compatible version of SQL Server 2005, but also the final version of Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 product, which supports Windows Vista as both a host and guest operating system (OS). Virtual PC 2007 is downloadable from here.

Virtual PC 2007 supports the following versions of Windows as a host OS:

* Vista Business

* Vista Enterprise

* Vista Ultimate

* Windows Server 2003 Standard

* Windows Server 2003 Stardard x64

* XP Professional

* XP Professional x64

* XP Tablet PC Edition

It supports the following Windows variants as guests:

* Vista Business

* Vista Enterprise

* Vista Ultimate

* XP Tablet PC

* Windows 2000 Professional

* Windows 98 Second Edition

* IBM Os/2 Warp 4 Fixpack 15, Convenience Pack 1 and Convenience Pack 2 (How about that?)

Then there is the category of operating systems "that were supported in Virtual PC 2004 SP (Service Pack) 1 that are compatible with this release, but they are not supported." Those include: MS DOS 6.22, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT 4.0 Workstation.

According to the Virtual PC 2007 release notes, the new version of Virtual PC also adds support for the followingnew features:

* 64-bit host operating systems (but not 64-bit guest OSes)

* Hardware-assisted virtualization

* Network-based installation of a guest operating system

* Virtual machines running on multiple monitors

Now that SQL Server 2005 and Virtual PC are Vista-compatible, are there any other Microsoft apps that you want/need to get a Vista facelift but still haven't?

Topics: Windows

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