Microsoft has just published on its license terms webpage the details of licenses for each Vista version.
One term targets users of Mac OS X and virtualization software users, according to the French-language MacBidouille’s English translation site HardMac, “One can not use emulation or virtualization solutions with Vista Home (Premium and Basic). Parallels and soon VMWare will not be allowed to make this Vista version running on their system. One will need to acquire Vista Ultimate or Business (US$399 and US$299 respectively) to make it possible. It will for sure limit the usage to Pro users, probably a way for Microsoft to prevent PC users to buy a Mac or even considering switching.”
Full article here.
From Microsoft’s Software License Terms for Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium:
You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system.
From Microsoft’s Software License Terms for Windows Vista Ultimate:
You may use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed device. If you do so, you may not play or access content or use applications protected by any Microsoft digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other Microsoft rights management services or use BitLocker. We advise against playing or accessing content or using applications protected by other digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other rights management services or using full volume disk drive encryption.
MacDailyNews Take: How long until that little limitation is cracked? Of course, Apple’s Boot Camp is not virtualization and is not affected by this licensing issue. To date, Apple’s official line (as per Apple VP Phil Schiller via Macworld in July) is that “we’re not going to do” virtualization in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, “our solution is dual boot.”
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