Eric Traut

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Eric Traut is an American software engineer and software emulation pioneer. Traut graduated from Stanford University in 1992. From 1993 to 1995 he worked for Apple Computer, creating a Mac 68K emulator to be used in PowerPC-based Macintoshes.[1] His work on this project led to a patent on a form of dynamic recompilation.[2]

Traut went on to join Connectix, where he developed successful commercial emulators such as Virtual PC and Virtual Game Station. He became Connectix's Chief Technical Officer in 2001.

Traut became a Microsoft employee after the company purchased Connectix in 2003. Traut left Microsoft in late 2012. Traut rejoined Microsoft in May 2014 and is now a Technical Fellow.


  1. ^ Eric Traut: Distinguished Engineer Archived February 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ US patent 5790825, Eric P. Traut, "Method for emulating guest instructions on a host computer through dynamic recompilation of host instructions", issued 1998-08-04 

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