Connectix yesterday unveiled Virtual PC 6.0, the company’s PC emulator for the Mac. The new version will run on Mac OS 9, but adds new features and speed improvements that will be seen only by users of Mac OS X. One new feature users of Mac OS X will see with Virtual PC 6.0 is the integration of the Dock Start Menu. This feature will allow users of Virtual PC to see the same files in Mac OS X as they would in Virtual PC – even if Virtual PC isn’t running. If you have multiple Windows OSes loaded with Virtual PC, you can change the OS that the Dock Start Menu will use to show files. Once a particular document or application is found, click on it and the Dock Start Menu will launch Virtual PC and the OS associated with application, Connectix says. Integration
“One of the big themes for Virtual PC 6 was integration between the two OSes. People already know how to use the Dock on the Mac, so we wanted to make it work in an equivalent way on Windows,” Kurt Schmucker, vice president of Mac Products at Connectix, told Digit. The Dock Start Menu will work with Windows 98, 2000 and XP, but not Windows 95 or NT – support for those OSes should come in a future release. The Desktop Drive Mounting feature available in the new version allows Mac applications such as Sherlock to search PC volumes for files, Connectix says. It will give the user access to the drive to perform other operations such as backing up. Connectix said it spent a lot of time improving the speed of Virtual PC, which will be noticed mostly by users of the latest version of the Mac OS. Schmucker said that most of the speed improvements were implemented where people use Virtual PC the most: running Windows applications. Other features of version 6.0 include detection of USB printers; full-screen video support for all Apple monitors, including the Apple Cinema 23-inch HD display; and self-contained configurations, which makes it easy to transfer virtual machines between Macs, according to the company. Virtual PC 6.0 Upgrade (around £65) and Virtual PC 6.0 with DOS (around £80) are available for download from the Connectix Web site. Other bundles, including Windows XP Home and Windows 98 (around £140) and Windows 2000 and XP Professional (around £160) will be available by the end of December. Pricing is to be confirmed.