VirtualRiscPC upgrades to AdjustBy Chris Williams. Published: 6th May 2004, 18:00:44 | Permalink | Printable
VA5000 retiredVirtualAcorn have announced VirtualRiscPC-Adjust, the StrongARM RiscPC emulator for Windows PCs that runs RISC OS Adjust. VirtualAcorn described RISC OS Adjust as "the most feature rich version of RISC OS to date" and a number of third party suppliers will provide the new VirtualRPC release on their Windows PC 'hybrids'.
It seems so long ago that RISCOS Ltd., developers of Adjust, and VirtualAcorn were locked in a slagging match over the legality of RISC OS 3 and VirtualAcorn's VirtualA5000 product. The matter was either resolved, or RISCOS Ltd. realised (or perhaps was persuaded) that an emulator market would be much bigger than the shrinking RiscPC market - but anyway, it's now 2004 and, for example, emulation is currently the only way to get a modern RISC OS onto a laptop computer.
"The development work that the RISCOS Ltd team has put into RISC OS over the past five years is now being enjoyed by an ever increasing number of users," RISCOS Ltd.'s managing director Paul Middleton enthused, regarding today's news, also answering the above questioning of RISCOS Ltd's emulation u-turn.
"We are seeing a large number of new RISC OS users purchasing VirtualAcorn products and it is fitting that they are now able to enjoy the very latest version of RISC OS."
MicroDigital were the first company to distribute VirtualRiscPC, by exclusively bundling it in their range of Alpha laptops. MD's MD, Dave Atkins, today also echoed the sugar coated praises of other VirtualRiscPC suppliers: "We were delighted to a hear that VirtualAcorn had secured RISC OS Adjust, it's a great operating system and represents a huge step forward for RISC OS."
Finally, after shipping "thousands of copies" of VirtualA5000, VirtualAcorn have axed their A5000 emulator, but will continue to offer technical support to existing users for the foreseeable future.
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