Virtual PC 7 Now Shipping

According to the Microsoft website, the Virtual PC 7 Mac Edition with Windows XP Professional is now available for $249. Other flavors of Virtual PC 7 (XP Home, Windows 2000, and OS-less versions) are only available for pre-order at this time. This new version includes many new features to the Mac platform, but most notable is support for the Power Mac G5 and presumably the new iMac G5 as well.

While Microsoft acquired Virtual PC from Connectix primarily for its Windows versions of VPC, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has promised ongoing active development of the Mac version. Due to changes in the G5 architecture, prior versions of Virtual PC have remained incompatible with the Power Mac G5s.

Version 7 was expected initially in January of 2004 at MWSF. After a no-show, VPC 7 was expected in 'the first half of 2004' from Microsoft, but was again delayed in May due to rigorous testing concerns.

Related Roundups: iMac, Mac Pro