Wednesday, November 17, 2004




Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 is slow and a bit expensive, probably because it includes a Windows licence. But it's cheaper than buying and maintaining a real PC -- even a low-end one.





Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 allows you to run Windows software on a Mac, but using any operating-system emulator is like watching a talking dog: you may not think the dog speaks all that well, but the fact that it's speaking at all is simply amazing. Virtual PC 7.0 doesn't beat the basic emulation problem: you're unlikely to see performance better than that of a bargain-basement PC. But Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 offers previously stranded Mac users entry into Windows-only Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and the world of the few remaining PC-only applications, such as Microsoft Access. It also lets designers or customer service reps who need to check PC compatibility or technical issues from a Mac do just that. For those reasons, Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 offers business users enough return on their £139 (inc. VAT) investment.

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