“Following an extended delay, Microsoft has finally begun manufacturing version 7.0 of its Virtual PC for Mac software. It is the first version able to run on a G5 Power Mac. Virtual PC is software that allows Windows programs to run on a Mac. Microsoft didn’t develop the software, but acquired it last year from Connectix Software of the US. The company ran into a problem when it discovered Virtual PC wouldn’t run on Macs powered by the new G5 32/64-bit processors,” David Frith reports for Australian IT. “That’s because the software relied on a feature called… ‘pseudo little-endian mode,’ which was built into G3 and G4 chips but is missing in the G5.”
Frith reports, “Microsoft’s Macintosh business unit… has completely rewritten the Virtual PC code and promises version 7.0 will run Windows on any Mac with a G3, G4 or G5 processor. The software, and the Windows applications that run under it, are also said to run faster. Version 7 is also claimed to be easier to install and more intuitive to use.”
“The claim of faster performance has been challenged by a report on AppleInsider, a website that specialises in rumours and speculation on Apple matters,” Frith reports. “It quotes unnamed sources as saying Microsoft has been forced to strip a number of features, including RAM disk support, from version 7 to get it to market without further delays – and that as a result the software may not run as fast as some users may have come to expect. We shall see. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 is due to hit markets worldwide, including Australia, next month.”
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