“Will the new Macs run Windows and Linux as well as Mac OS X? Will Microsoft support the booting of Windows on Apple’s new machines? Will Microsoft release a Mactel version of its Virtual PC product, letting Mac customers run Windows applications (and Windows) in a pane on the Mac OS X desktop? According to one source familiar with the Microsoft project, the Virtual PC team was caught flat-footed by the Wintel transition announcement late last spring. Much of the work relied on the Metrowerks’ CodeWarrior environment, and Apple has pushed its own Cocoa frameworks for Intel compatibility,” David Morgenstern writes for eWeek. “In addition, Apple has yet to provide developers with the deep hooks needed for such virtualization, the source said. Instead, Apple put its effort in the past year into getting Mac OS X to run on the Intel hardware and making sure its applications were also native—a strategy seen unfolding in Jobs’ demonstration on Tuesday. There were no crashes or problems with the software. It all worked as usual or better, given the increased performance.”
Full article, which also contains a nice history of multiple booting and the Mac OS on page 2, here.
“Microsoft executives said yesterday that the current version of Virtual PC for Mac will not run in Rosetta on the Intel Macs. The company’s Macintosh Business Unit, however, is committed to porting the emulator to the Intel Mac platform. Microsoft would not give a time frame, however, when it would release the product,” MacWindows reports. “The Intel version of Virtual PC for Mac holds out the possibility of running Windows with native-performance on a Mac, with the ability to access graphics hardware, while being able to run both OS’s at once and switch between operating systems on the fly. A source said that one of the performance bottlenecks of today’s Virtual PC, the translation of PowerPC and Intel calls, could be discarded on the Intel Mac.”
Full article here.
The current minimum system requirements for Microsoft’ Virtual PC are: A 700 MHz native (upgrade cards and accelerators are not supported) PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor.
More about Virtual PC here.
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