Microsoft has started to release a glimpse of what to expect with Virtual PC 2007 by making it available for download on the Microsoft Connect site. Of course, you have to be a member in order to download it which is a little crazy. They should have just opened it up to the public right away so that they can get some real feedback since it is going to be offered for free when it is released.

Virtual PC 2007 can be installed on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of XP and Vista. As far as installing the guest operating system on the Virtual PC it only supports the 32-bit version of Vista and the other typical Windows releases. Like all virtual machines you won’t be able to get the Vista Aero effects because the graphical processing power needed is not provided to the virtual machine.

The image that I got above is from the Windows Vista Team Blog and it looks like they are also running Virtual PC 2007 on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. You’ll also notice that it says “Service Pack 1″ in the corner. I tried looking for a timeline and I couldn’t find any information as to when SP1 is going to be released for XP x64 but maybe that is a sign that it is getting close?

Thanks to “OldManDeath” for the tip!