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Microsoft Officially Kills Virtual PC

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  1. macrumors bot



    Microsoft has announced that it has halted development on a universal version of VirtualPC.

    VirtualPC has long-been the king of the hill for Virtualization on Macintosh. With the Intel transition, however, came competitive pressure from Parallels, which has since released the final version of its product, and VMWare which is showcasing a beta of its solution at WWDC.

    Microsoft has claimed that to port VirtualPC to Intel would be much like making VirtualPC 1.0 all over again.

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  2. macrumors 6502a


    Go Parallels! :cool:
  3. macrumors regular

    good, that was hard to use anyway...
  4. macrumors G5

    Wasn't there a rumor going around a couple months back about M$ making VPC free? That would make sense now if they're going to discontinue it, and let us PPC users have it for free. Who wants to pay for a product that won't receive any updates?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Is that the best you got, Microsoft?
  6. macrumors 68040

    I guess there was no reason to continue. They were prob not making much of a profit on VPC anyhow and 3rd parties already had it covered.

    Are they working on a universal MS Office?
  7. macrumors 6502a


    So many remarks... so little time...

    Steve Jobs probably hurt their feelings today
    Maybe now they can finally get some work done on vista
    Or quite possibly they thought it was dumb to run fake OSX in real OSX
  8. Editor emeritus


    No... that was a lot of people getting confused. MS was giving away VirtualPC 2004, which is a Windows product. They never were giving away any Mac products, nor were they intending to as far as we know.

    Yes, but we don't exactly know when that will come out. Look for it AFTER Vista (if that can happen) ;)
  9. macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    I can't say I'm not surprised, but I'm glad we have other options (that run well) at this time. I just hope this doesn't carry over to Microsoft Office (which has a separate Mac team from Vista I understand)
  10. BKF
    macrumors regular

    All because of those Vista 2.0 cracks?
  11. macrumors 68020


    Tinfoil hat time...

    Anyone else remember those old rumors about how MS was buying VPC just to kill it off? I thought that was silly back then, but I'm wondering now. Considering how they sat on the thing for ages and never really did anything with it and now have caved at the first sign of competition, you have to wonder. They clearly were not very committed to keeping it going.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Why would they? The Intel models will run Windows anyhow. I don't think there would be much of a market for this product since the move to Intel is complete.
  13. macrumors 68030


    MS seems to have lost out on a nice little market due to dragging their feet so long with VPC. That being said, I think it's great that we no loger have to rely on MS to keep Windows (and other os's) running on Macs.
  14. macrumors regular

    just use Parallels or VMWare
  15. macrumors newbie

    This stuff has got to stop

    Yes, Parallels and VMware are better products, but that is not the point. Has no one else noticed the number of products Microsoft is canceling for the Mac. I do not believe that Microsoft sees a market for the Macintosh. This of course is purely a business perspective.

    I for one think Apple will be taught a lesson in respect. The only logical solution is to kill off Mac Office universal binary support. If they want to run on the Intel platform, they can run on emulation.

    It would not be much of a loss if Microsoft decided to pull the plug. Don't think they haven't taught about it. A three percent market share or 19 million desktop users does not even come close to the numbers that still use Windows 2000, never mind Windows 98. I of course don't wish this to happen, but it is one logical outcome.
  16. macrumors 68030


    Tell that to the Parallels people. Bootcamp isn't the same thing.
  17. macrumors member

    I think think this may mean they are close to announcing a universal version of MS OFFICE. VPC was a part of the Office pro version, and they probably decided not to wait to complete the universal version of VPC.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    So with WMP gone and now VPC gone, the only MAJOR software developed for Macs by Microsoft is Office?

    Let's just hope they don't decide to kill office. Sure, I know there are lots of alternatives out there, but you try telling that to Mr. idiot joe-average boss.

    Edit: Looks like I spoke too soon, fortunately:
  19. macrumors 68040


    Yeah, Office will stay. They said they are committed for at least 5 more years. Office is probably the only Mac software they develop and actually make a decent profit on.
  20. macrumors regular

    Wonder how much they paid Connectix just to abandon it.
  21. macrumors G3


    since they never created a 1.0 of Virtual PC (they just bought it), how do they know? :rolleyes:
  22. macrumors 68040


    True to use Bootcamp you actually have to re-boot the computer. I see what you are saying.
  23. macrumors regular

    Microsoft is not developing Visual Basic in the Univeral Mac Office suite, so some people are already claiming that cross-compatibility is officially dead. Unless someone comes up with a Rosetta-like translator between VB and AppleScript/Automator, I don't see how script-filled Office files will be able to leave a Mac-only or Windows-only environment.
  24. macrumors regular

    Nice timing of the announcement. Trying to rain on the WWDC parade...
  25. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Next step: Microsoft announces they've acquired Parallels, Inc.

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