Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 goes gold

Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft® Virtual PC 2004, a desktop virtual machine solution to help technical professionals migrate legacy applications toWindows® XP. Scheduled to be available by the end of 2003, Microsoft Virtual PC offers customers a cost-effective safety net to ease their migration to Microsoft Windows XP Professional and a toolto help accelerate the development, testing, deployment and support of PC applications. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 allows enterprise customers to run multiple operating systems on one PC, so employeescan run critical legacy applications on an interim basis while information technology (IT) professionals proceed with the migration to Windows XP Professional.

“Our enterprise customers have told us that virtual machine technologies are crucial for their migration needs,” said Rob Short, corporate vice president in the Windows division at Microsoft. “Microsoft Virtual PC allows those customers to benefit from the gains in reliability, security and productivity of Windows XP, while also being able to run their critical legacy applications.”

Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 marks Microsoft’s entry into the Windows-based virtual machine arena. The product is built on virtualization technology that Microsoft acquired in February 2003 from Connectix Corp., a company at the forefront of virtual machine development since 1988. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 reflects Microsoft’s commitment to develop innovative software virtualization solutions for the Windows operating system platform based on Connectix products and technologies. Since the Connectix acquisition, Microsoft rearchitected Virtual PC and conducted rigorous testing to ensure that the product meets Microsoft’s security and reliability standards.

“We have had tremendous success using Virtual PC in the past and look forward to continued success with Microsoft Virtual PC 2004,” said Lenny Goodman, desktop management director at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. “We have already begun testing Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 in order to migrate all 5,300 of our PCs to Windows XP Professional. And because Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 will allow us to run all the necessary legacy applications, we expect the product to achieve significant savings in hardware costs and manpower.”

“We are pleased to see Microsoft’s commitment to virtual machine technology and innovation,” said Randy Robinson, vice president of Information Technology at UnumProvident Corp. “Using Virtual PC technologies to support critical legacy applications has already saved us millions of dollars, and we hope to save even more with Microsoft Virtual PC 2004.”

Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 also offers customers the benefit of rapid reconfiguration. The software can enhance the productivity of technical support, help desk or call center employees by enabling them to easily switch among operating systems without logging in and out between calls. In training scenarios, Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 allows instructors to rapidly reconfigure custom environments and run multiple operating systems on one PC, lowering operating costs.

Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 is also designed to accelerate software testing by allowing developers to test and debug their software for multiple platforms in a timely and cost-effective manner, all on one PC, improving both software quality and time to market.

New and Carry-Over Virtual Machine Features

New features of Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 include support for as many as four network adapters per virtual machine, all through the graphical user interface; Extensible Markup Language (XML) file-based configuration of virtual machines to ease the copying of a virtual machine to another computer; and support for up to 4 GB of memory. More memory makes it possible to run more operating systems simultaneously and improves the performance of operating systems with larger memory requirements.

Key features carried over from the former Connectix product include Virtual Machine Additions, which provides a high level of integration between host and guest operating systems, including integrated mouse, time synchronization, cut-and-paste, drag-and-drop, and folder sharing; Undo Disks, which allows users to delete any changes they make to the virtual hard disk during a session; and Differencing Disks, which lets multiple users and multiple virtual machines use the same parent virtual hard disk at the same time.

Microsoft Virtual PC also runs most x86 operating systems in the virtual machine environment with no need for custom drivers. This extensive compatibility positions customers to migrate legacy applications and consolidate desktops for dramatic cost savings.

Virtual PC Availability and Pricing

Microsoft announced pricing for Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, offering savings for enterprise customers. Microsoft’s version of the software will be available for an estimated retail price of $129 (U.S.),* a drop from the former Connectix price of $229. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 will be made available later this year through Microsoft’s existing retail and volume licensing channels. It also will be included in Microsoft’s MSDN® subscriptions, and volume discounts are available through Microsoft’s Open, Select and Enterprise Agreement volume licensing programs. Microsoft will offer a free** upgrade to current Connectix Virtual PC customers when Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 is released later this year.

Computing

Microsoft’s Clippy came back from the dead, but didn’t last very long

Before Cortana, Alexa, and Siri even existed, Microsoft Clippy dominated the screens of computers in the 1990s to help assist Microsoft Office users when writing letters. He recently made a bit of a comeback only to die off again.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Computing

Get the best of both worlds by sharing your data on MacOS and Windows

Compatibility issues between Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS may have diminished sharply over the years, but that doesn't mean they've completely disappeared. Here's how to make an external drive work between both operating systems.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Computing

Own an Asus computer? Malware might be hiding in your system

If you own an Asus computer, your system might have been infected by malware distributed from the tool you typically use to update the BIOS and install other security patches, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.
Computing

The new Windows 10 File Explorer could look like this in 2020

Microsoft may update Windows 10's File Explorer to adopt Fluent Design principles in an upcoming 2020 update. A report suggests that we'll get our first glimpse at the new-look explorer in upcoming Windows Insider builds.
Computing

Hands-on with Microsoft Chromium Edge: A first look at the early release

We installed a preview of Edge Chromium, and there's now a lot that makes it feel Chrome, but there are also some similarities to the old Edge. So, is the new Chromium Edge the best browser ever? Here's a hands-on look.
Computing

DisplayPort and HDMI both connect to screens, but here's how they're different

HDMI and DisplayPort are two of the most popular connectors for hooking up consoles, gaming PCs, TVs, and monitors, but which is best? To find out, we pitted HDMI vs. DisplayPort and compared their best and worst features.
Computing

Get a new 2018 Apple MacBook Air for $1,000 with Amazon’s latest sale

Online retailer Amazon is currently running a discount on select models of the MacBook Air 2018. You can bring one home starting at $1,000, a full $200 off the usual selling price.
Computing

In 2019, laptops are better than ever. Here are the best of the best

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. Our picks for the best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while they're at it.
Computing

From hot rods to budget sleepers, our favorite desktops can handle anything

Are laptops overrated? Experience the power offered by the best desktop computers on the market today, whether you're in need of a budget solution or a fire-breathing, $4,000 premium gaming rig.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Computing

Man pleads guilty to scamming Facebook and Google out of more than $100M

One of the men behind an elaborate fraud that saw Facebook and Google each hand over tens of millions of dollars has admitted to his part in the scheme. Lithuanian Evaldas Rimasauskas faces up to 30 years in a U.S. jail.
Product Review

HP’s gem-cut Spectre x360 15 is the most powerful 2-in-1 you can buy

HP’s 2019 Spectre x360 15 brings this massive 2-in-1 up to speed, literally. It now equips the same six-core Intel CPU as the rest of the 15-inch field, along with a real GPU for some 1080p gaming.