Vista Home Basic is a no go for virtualization
Despite promising the contrary, Microsoft has decided to backpedal on its virtualization policy and continue disallowing the use of Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium in virtualization applications. As PC World explains, that's a hindrance for Mac users, who will now have to cough up the dough for Vista Business or Vista Ultimate if they want to run Microsoft's latest operating system inside virtualization software like Parallels. Explaining the move, Microsoft simply stated, "Microsoft has reassessed the Windows virtualization policy and decided that we will maintain the original policy announced last Fall." Of course, Mac users can still use Apple's Boot Camp to run Vista Home Basic or Vista Home Premium as a second operating system.