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Microsoft dumps virtual PC for the Mac

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

  2. macrumors G3


    Thought that looked familiar.
  3. macrumors member


    Windows on a mac... *shudders*
  4. macrumors 603


    No loss. There are plenty of other alternative solutions.

    Most people know the reason they bought Virtual PC in the first place was for the Box 1 emulator on the XBox 360.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Not surprised...At least we already have Boot Camp and Parallels. And VMWare on the way.
  6. macrumors G4

    Erm, so Messenger 6.0 will be out "later this year"? Strange that I've been using it some weeks now. :confused:
  7. macrumors 6502a


  8. macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    This news is ancient. How did this slip by?
  9. Moderator emeritus


    Look at the article date. I don't know how this ended up on MacBytes today. But as far as we're on the topic of Messenger 6, I wonder if MS will live up to their promises on the *next* messenger for Mac.
  10. macrumors demi-god


    Slow news week.Gotta fill space somehow :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors 603


    What I don't understand is why Microsoft does not have ONE OR TWO GUYS (and Apple too) to do "maintenance updates" to OLD programs Office 2004 Mac, Windows XP, Explorer 5.X, Virtual PC, etc.

    Apple could update 9.2.2, Mac Draw II :), OS 7.6.x, etc.

    Just so the old stuff could enjoy the benefits of itentified bugs and newer technology (file and disc formats, I/O, export to the newest thing) the older programs were not aware of.

    This stuff has fairly huge installed bases and even a $39 update fee could generate pretty good revenues.

    Apple in particular tends to abandon yesterday's products instead of respecting the users who have adopted them, or maintain them ALONG SIDE the new stuff.

    Have you deen the price of a G3 Powerbook lately? STILL almost $400.

  12. Moderator emeritus


    Ermm.... first, Office 04 and XP are current software at the moment. Second, they've received a number of updates... Office has been updated what... five times since it came out? XP gets entirely *too many* updates. :confused:
  13. macrumors 68020


    I thought it sounded like old news too, but IT news had a recent date on the article.:confused: when I posted it.:rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 68020


    nice! this means some new cool product in office '07 pro!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Really good point. You'd think that this would be good business sense.
  16. macrumors 68020


    wait, what? you can emulate an XBOX 360 with VPC? That's rather neat!
  17. macrumors G3


    No you can't.

    Connectix was purchased for their server virtualisation technology, something MSFT's pushing big. A positive offshoot could have been the XBox emulator on the 360, however it was not the focus of the Connectix purchase.

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