(1) (virtual PC) A PC that runs in a virtualized environment that hosts different operating systems, each with its own applications. See virtual machine.
(2) Virtual machine software from Microsoft that enables multiple Windows, DOS and OS/2 operating systems to run simultaneously in the same machine. Virtual PC is Microsoft's virtualization solution for client PCs, whereas Virtual Server and Hyper-V were designed for servers (see Microsoft Virtual Server and Hyper-V). Virtual PC is also used to provide XP compatibility in Windows 7 (see Windows XP Mode). Virtual PC was developed by Connectix, which Microsoft acquired in 2003. See Virtual PC for Mac.
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