Microsoft has signed off the final code for its Virtual PC 2004 application designed to help IT professionals migrate legacy applications to Windows.
It is designed to allow customers to run multiple operating systems on one PC so that legacy applications can be transferred gradually.
"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.
Virtual PC 2004 is built on virtualisation technology that Microsoft acquired in February 2003 from Connectix.
Since purchasing Connectix, Microsoft has worked on its technology base to add new features, including support for four network adaptors per virtual machine, XML file-based configuration of virtual machines and support for up to 4GB of memory.
According to Microsoft, Virtual PC 2004 is also designed to accelerate software testing by allowing developers to test and debug their software for multiple platforms from a single PC.
The product will be available later this year through Microsoft's existing retail and volume licensing channels.
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