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Microsoft Dumps Virtual PC For The Mac

Microsoft Corp. said that it is dropping any plans to update its Virtual PC virtualization software to enable it to work on Apple's new Intel-based Macs.

The news came on the heel of the announcement by VMware that it's releasing virtual machine software for the Mac.

At Microsoft, the company's Mac Business Unit (MacBU) is giving Virtual PC the pink slip, because, a spokesperson said in e-mail to TechWeb: "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."

Instead, Microsoft is recommending "alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors" to those who want to run Windows and its applications on a Mac.

Earlier this year, Apple unveiled a beta version of its dual-boot technology, dubbed Boot Camp. One virtual machine package, Parallels Desktop, is already available, while VMware said Monday that it would have its virtualization software in testing before the end of the year.

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