Microsoft Makes Virtual PC Freeware

Microsoft has released an update to Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1, and is now making the virtualization software available free of charge to all users. The company also promised to freely release Virtual PC 2007 next year, bringing support for Windows Vista.

Virtual PC enables users to run multiple operating systems on a single computer by creating "virtual machines." The move to freeware ups the ante with rival virtualization companies such as VMware and new market entrant Parallels. Microsoft previously released Virtual Server 2005 R2 as a free download. Virtual PC 2004 SP1 weighs in at just over 18MB and is available for download from FileForum.

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