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Microsoft Dumps Virtual PC For The Mac

Posted by iTech - 2006-08-12

Microsoft Corp. said that it is dropping any plans to update its Virtual PC virtualization software to enable it to work on Apple's new Intelbased Macs.
The news came on the heel of the announcement by VMware that it's releasing virtual machine software for the Mac.

At Microsoft the company's Mac Business Unit (MacBU) is giving Virtual PC the pink slip because a spokesperson said in email to TechWeb: "Developing a highquality virtualization solution such as Virtual PC for the Intelbased Mac is similar to creating a version . release due to how closely the product integrates with Mac hardware."

Instead Microsoft is recommending "alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors" to those who want to run Windows and its applications on a Mac.

Earlier this year Apple unveiled a beta version of its dualboot technology dubbed Boot Camp. One virtual machine package Parallels Desktop is already available while VMware said Monday that it would have its virtualization software in testing before the end of the year.

When Apple introduced its first Intelpowered Macs in January Microsoft hinted it would update Virtual PC for the Mac to work with both the new systems and older boxes equipped with PowerPC processors. Rumors of its demise however have been spreading for months.

On Monday the MacBU also said that it's made significant progress on a Universal Binary version of Mac Office but did not offer up a release date. "Tens of millions of lines of code have been percent transitioned to Xcode on the road to a Universal version of Office for Mac" the Microsoft spokesperson claimed.

In January Microsoft and Apple signed an agreement that committed the former to develop and sell its Mac Office suite for at least five years. While Microsoft has never disclosed a ship date for the successor to Office for the Mac analysts then pegged the release of a Universal Binary edition of the suite as in the second half of or the first half of .

Microsoft will unveil Messenger for Mac . "later this year" create a Universal (and free) version of Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac at some unspecified date and ditch support for Visual Basic scripting in the next edition of Office on the Mac.

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