This just in: Microsoft Virtual PC is now free! Now, you might ask, how does this help me as a developer? Well, let me count the ways:
- It lets one much more easily replicate the production environment without investing in hardware.
- It lets one test out beta software (such as IE 7 or Windows Vista) without breaking their current, working installation.
- Because the VPC image is stored as a file, it allows one to do some serious test runs on violate resources, such as databases, then restore to status quo ante-bellum without complex scripts.