Not sure how many of you out there have the need to run virtual machines. If your doing software development and you want to match a client's software configuration and you don't want to tweak your main production machine for a temporary project running a virtual machine is a great solution. All you need is a client to run the virtual PC and an operating system to install to/on your virtual PC.
On the PC side Microsoft's Virtual PC which is a free download. For PC / Mac / Linux user Sun recently released Virtual Box which provides the same functionality (but obviously supports more platforms).
Anyway, I guess the big take away for me is the free availability of Windows 7 release candidate. If you want to try out Microsoft's next operating system free for a year you can download a free copy of it direct from Microsoft. So far I've been impressed at the "clean" nature of windows 7, it runs smooth and quick through virtual box. I'm sure once you get a PC from a major vendor they'll load it up with crapware. One of the more notable difference / improvement is in the task bar. Take a look at the screen capture below (note the first program I downloaded and installed to the virt
ual PC). The icons on the task bar act like shortcuts and provide quick "pop-up" previews of the pages you have open.