“Apple’s new Power Mac G5 may be the fastest Macintosh around, but it doesn’t work as well as its predecessors with Microsoft Windows software. Apple Computer’s new Power Mac G5 may be the fastest Macintosh around, but it is less able than its predecessors to run Microsoft Windows software,” reports Ina Fried for CNET.
“That’s because Virtual PC, the leading emulation program for running Windows on a Mac, doesn’t support the G5. Microsoft, which acquired Virtual PC from Connectix in February, said a fix for the problem is not around the corner. ‘It will be in the next (full) version of Virtual PC,’ a Microsoft representative said Wednesday, adding that a new edition of Virtual PC is expected within a year. In addition, the representative said the release is due at about the same time as the launch of Office 11, the next version of Office for the Mac. Earlier this month, Microsoft said it was working on Office 11 but would not comment on when it might be ready,” Fried reports.
Fried writes, “Although it is not clear how many Mac owners actually run Virtual PC, it has long been used by Apple as part of its case that the Mac can work well in a world dominated by Windows-based PCs. On its current Web page listing of top myths about the Mac, the company notes that 15,000 programs run on the Mac but adds that ‘if you do encounter that rare program which isn’t available for the Mac, you can still run it using Virtual PC.’ It has also made reference to Virtual PC in its ‘Switch’ advertising campaign, designed to woo Windows users to the Mac.”
“Microsoft said it learned of the problem with Virtual PC and the G5 when it got its first test machine ‘a couple months ago.’ The company, based in Redmond, Wash., said it has no plans to release an interim G5-compatible update to Virtual PC before the next version comes out,” Fried writes.
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MacDailyNews Take: That first paragraph is a doozy! This article is more of the same Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) from the mainstream “tech” media that derives the bulk of its revenues from the Wintel hegemony.