A virtually free PC

Previously I suggested that the WIndows OS be let free. Well, that’s almost happened as it was announced that Virtual PC for the Mac is now free. Will this make way for a Dashboard-style invocation of Windows apps in OSX?

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

5 thoughts on “A virtually free PC”

  1. Virtual PC was never the most cost-prohibitive factor because it only allows you to run an OS. You still have to actually license the OS – meaning, if you want to run Windows, you gotta install Windows, and that’s where the money pops up. They’re giving away Virtual PC because with every copy of Virtual PC, that means someone is running Windows, and that’s where they want to make the real money.

  2. Brent has the right of it. Windows is far from almost free.

    The virtual PC market has been changing because of the work of Xen. Early this year VMWare released their server version (in beta) free for Windows and Linux hosts.

  3. nope – virtual pc for the mac isn’t free… virtual pc for windows is free. On top of that virtual pc for the mac doesn’t work on intel hardware and they have no (announced) timeframe for making it so….

    It really sucks that I have a licensed copy of virtual pc which came with XP Pro — and I cannot use either! (the xp pro is linked to the virtual pc — which microsoft doesn’t support)

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