“Microsoft is putting a halt to a version of its Virtual PC software for Intel-based Macs,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “The move comes after start-up Parallels introduced its own virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac, and VMware said Monday it plans to provide a beta version of Mac virtualization software later this year.”
“Apple also has its Boot Camp software, still in a beta testing version. Boot Camp allows Intel-based Macs to run either Windows or the Mac OS, but not both simultaneously,” Fried reports. “In a statement on Monday, Microsoft said it ‘has made the decision not to move forward with a Universal version of Virtual PC at this time,'” Fried reports.
“‘The (Macintosh business unit) still recognizes that customers need access to Windows applications from their Intel-based Macs and feels confident that alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors, combined with a fully packaged retail copy of Windows will satisfy this need,’ the company said,” Fried reports. “Microsoft is moving ahead with its effort to bring a native version of Office to Intel-based Macs. It said that tens of millions of lines of code have been transitioned, but did not say when the product would be ready.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Why even bother with the announcement? Look up “foregone conclusion” in the dictionary and you see the headline “Virtual PC discontinued for Mac.” Jobs, how we’d love to find out that one of those “top secret” parts of Leopard allowed for running the odd Windows app without paying Microsoft a penny for Windows. Ah, we can dream, right? Well, we’re patient; we can wait for people to get their first Macs, tote over they “Windows Insecurity Blankets,” discover Mac OS X and the great Mac-only apps, and then realize they don’t need or want to run Windows like the rest of us.
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