So, it's basically the next version of VirtualPC (the most recent being 2007 sp1, the next one being 7) that apparently contains a variation of VMWare Workstation's or Fusion's "unity" (or Parallel's "coherence"), and includes a free license of Windows XP.
VMWare Workstation/Fusion already contains a degree of 3D acceleration, so what's to say that Microsoft can't do the same, especially given that they know their system and DirectX inside out?
Yes, I know they haven't changed the emulated graphics hardware for many years, and still use some SIS 4 or 8 MB card, which in some ways is better than what VMWare is doing in "emulating" a totally custom card, perhaps they could have a choice; emulate a standard but less capable card (so that existing drivers may be used for just about any OS), or a custom but more powerful one (for which drivers only exists for various relatively recent Windows versions, probably). VMWare and/or VPC already do a variation of that for sound card (I think VPC chooses automatically depending on which system you specify that you're going t install as you create the VM), hard disc (choice between SCSI or IDE), and RAID controller, so why not graphics?
Post edited April 26, 2009 by Miaghstir