The Register reports that VMWare is ramping up the bad P.R. against Microsoft’s competing product – VirtualPC. This kind of marketing is probably good at this time of the year – it gets me prepared for the next onslaught of advertising from our presidential candidates.
Microsoft realized it was getting left in VMWare’s dust so they decided to release VirtualPC 2007 for free. A free download isn’t something Microsoft came up with – VMWare was using that trick to get their product in the public’s eye long before. With my experience in both Virtual PC and VMWare’s competing product Workstation, I don’t see any reason to switch.
And when you actually want to run these virtual machines in a production environment on production hardware – I have one reason to recommend VMWare over Virtual PC – VMotion.