WWDC: Microsoft kills Virtual PC for Mac

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) indicated that it will not develop a new version of Virtual PC, its PC emulation software.

Acquired from Connectix, Microsoft’s Virtual PC enables PowerPC-based Macs to run Microsoft Windows and Windows applications by emulating the inner workings of a PC-compatible computer.

“Mac BU has made the decision not to move forward with a Universal version of Virtual PC at this time; however, current Virtual PC customers will continue to receive product support,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement.

Users have been anxiously anticipating word on the fate of Virtual PC ever since Intel Macs debuted this past January and Microsoft revealed that Virtual PC would not run on the new system.

“Developing a high-quality virtualization solution, such as Virtual PC, for the Intel-based Mac is similar to creating a version 1.0 release due to how closely the product integrates with Mac hardware,” the statement concluded.

Virtual PC’s performance is considerably slower than virtual machine software such as Parallels Desktop, which is available for Intel-based Macs, or Boot Camp, Apple’s beta software that enables an Intel Mac to run Windows natively.

Microsoft recognizes the need for some Mac users to access Windows applications, and suggests that “alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors, combined with a fully packaged retail copy of Windows, will satisfy this need.”

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