Peter Cohen of Macworld writes that Microsoft is dropping Virtual PC for Mac. Kind of surprising, since Virtual PC probably helps sell quite a few copies of Windows, but as the article points out, when Microsoft bought Connectix (the original developers of Virtual PC), they had an already-made solution to the issue of Virtual PC on the Mac. With the move to Intel, they’d have to develop a completly new version.
At Appleâ€™s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday Microsoftâ€™s Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) indicated that it will not develop a new version of Virtual PC, its PC emulation software.
â€œMac 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,â€ said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement.
â€œDeveloping 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,â€ the statement concluded.
Virtual PCâ€™s performance is considerably slower than virtual machine software such as Parallels Desktop, which is available for Intel-based Macs, or Boot Camp, Appleâ€™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 â€œalternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors, combined with a fully packaged retail copy of Windows, will satisfy this need.â€