Connectix has released the latest version of the Windows emulation package for the Mac, Virtual PC 4.0. The new version add support for scrolling three-button mice, promises improved performance, and allows users to run either Windows 98, Windows 2000, or Windows Me. According to Connectix:
Now itis easier than ever to give your Mac the PC compatibility you need. Virtual PC 4 lets you put a fast, powerful PC inside your G3 or G4 Mac, enabling you to run PC applications, access PC networks, share files with PC-based colleagues, and use PC-only Internet services and applications. Improved performance
Up to twice as fast as previous versions. Improved support for Velocity Engine. Improved memory allocation - allows you to allocate additional memory (up to 512MB of RAM) to the operating system inside Virtual PC without quitting the application.
Larger and expandable disk images
Your PC disk image - a "virtual hard disk" on your Mac hard drive - grows and expands as needed (up to 127 GB) and uses only the space it actually requires, rather than a pre-set amount.
Easier to use
Improved user interface, with scrollable windows and support for three-button mice and scroll mice. Improved Help, including integrated Virtual Disk Assistant, Setup Assistant, and an interactive help system.
Runs multiple PC operating systems
With Virtual PC products, you can run multiple PC operating systems - for example, Windows 98 and Windows 2000, or two copies of Windows Me -- on your Mac at the same time, and view their desktops as thumbnail images on your Mac desktop.
You can order the Virtual PC 4.0 upgrade today for US$79. Orders will begin shipping December 16th. Shrinkwrapped version including Windows 98, 2000, or Me will be available over the next month. You can find more information at the Connectix web site.