Microsoft Corp. released a minor point update to their Virtual PC emulation software for the Macintosh. The new version, 6.1.1, is ready for download from Microsoft’s
Mactopia Web site.
Virtual PC enables Mac users to emulate the operating characteristics of a PC. The software works with various versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, providing Mac users with a way to run software that won’t run natively on their Macs.
This minor point update to Virtual PC “addresses security issues and bugs related to running upcoming Windows XP Professional service packs,” according to Microsoft.
Last year Microsoft purchased Connectix Corp.’s virtual machine emulation technology, and now sells Virtual PC as its own product. At Macworld Expo in January, Microsoft indicated it would release a major new version — 7.0 — some time in the first half of the year.
The 14.8MB download has been localized for several different languages and can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Web site now. It requires Virtual PC 6.0 or later to be installed.