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According to a news.com report, Microsoft stated that pressure from competitors has forced them to forgo an Intel version of the application. “It would be like releasing version 1.0″ Maybe that would be a good thing Microsoft? I realize you’re having problems with Vista, but the […]

According to a news.com report, Microsoft stated that pressure from competitors has forced them to forgo an Intel version of the application.

“It would be like releasing version 1.0″ Maybe that would be a good thing Microsoft? I realize you’re having problems with Vista, but the Macintosh business unit can’t be too involved with that. Competition is good, and the Mac virtualization market can only help everyone. I’m not saying that Virtual PC was a great product, but for a long time it was the only game in town. It’s interesting to see that Microsoft would throw in the towel in this area after purchasing Connectix (the original makers of Virtual PC) just three years ago. It’s clear they were interested in them for a Windows version of VPC.

“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.

  1. I knew this was coming since the initial purchase of Connectix VirtualPC. It doesn’t bother me in the least, though. There are currently two very good options for anyone needing to run Windows programs – Boot Camp and Parallels. I have both of them installed on my MacBook Pro and use them depending on what I’m doing.

    If I’m just testing website accesibility or accessing a site that only runs on IE, I’ll start up Parallels. If I need real speed, like for running cartain Windows-only applications I need for work, I’ll reboot into Boot Camp and run a full-speed Windows XP Pro partition.

    I think Microsoft is smart to not spend a lot of money developing a competing product. It makes more sense for them to focus on selling the licenses of XP (soon Vista) for use on the Mac.

    I just hope sometime soon we’ll be able to run Windows apps natively within OSX without starting up XP at all. Hey, I can dream can’t I?

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  2. >>I just hope sometime soon we’ll be able to run Windows apps natively within OSX without starting up XP at all. Hey, I can dream can’t I?

    it’s called Darwine

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  3. The Missing Virtual Machine…

    Question of the Day: What is the largest hardware market share without a virtual machine?
    Answer: Apple OSX.

    With a growing market share, and now using standardized intel hardware why isn’t there a Macintosh OS X 10.4 virtual machine?
    This seems…

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