What is CPCemu?
The answer is easy: As the name says, it emulates a CPC computer - with some extensions, of course.

CPCemu has a graphical user interface. It is multi language capable. At the moment, four languages are supported: German, English, French and Spanish. So you can use it absolutely easy.

So, what does "emulation" mean?
Emulation is a kind of simulation. One could also say "imitation", I think. The important point is that an emulation is intended to yield a real-time behaviour. In simple words: It is made to look and feel like the original thing (device in most cases) it emulates.

And what is a "CPC"?
I cite from the manual here:

CPC is an abbreviation for Colour Personal Computer. Computers of this type were first built in 1984 by the british company Amstrad and sold under different names in other countries. It was the period of the home computer; Commodore C64, Sinclair Spectrum, Atari 800XL, ... when the CPC 464 was unveiled. It had as much RAM as the Commodore C64 (namely 64 KB), a built in cassette recorder and Locomotive BASIC 1.0. It was followed up by the CPC 664 which had a built-in 3" disk drive and a slightly extended Locomotive BASIC 1.1. The CPC 6128 came in 1985, with 128 KB RAM and nearly the same features as the CPC 664. 3" disks were awfully expensive, but more stable than the 5.25" disks (nearly as stable as today's 3.5"), and they were noticably faster versus tape speed, very unlike the situation with the C64 ... All three models were sold with either a colour or a green monitor, which had the power supply built in. Later, two or three other models (the CPC+ for example) were introduced. The BASIC was with nearly 178 instructions powerful and fast. One could program graphics, sound and even interrupt handling all in BASIC without the use of PEEKs and POKEs. The software supply increased dramatically over the years.

Detailed enough? I hope so.

What would I need a CPC or an emulator for?
Several reasons:
  • You owned a CPC or were always jealous of your neighbour owning one and you want to reminisce about those times.
  • You want to learn, how the old, legendary 8-bit computers felt to use.
  • You want to play the great games (even in today's standards). If you don't know any of them, try it (see First Steps). It's absolutely worth it.
  • You still want to use programs on such a computer. This one is much faster than the original one (depending on your CPU+Gfx).
  • You want to develop software for the CPC or the Z80 CPU in general. (Or you may want to learn it at least.)
  • You are looking for a word processing machine - the CPC's good enough.
Why is it called a "beta" release?
Because some few features, original and supplementary ones, are missing or incompletely implemented. Also, there may be some bugs in the software.

Some historical facts?
Yes, there are plenty of them. You can find them in the section "internal history" of the manual. It wouldn't be too useful to cite the whole manual in this place. See "Docs".