Microsoft has made the announcement that they have stopped development of a universal version of VirtualPC for Mac. According to News.com, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that they have “made the decision not to move forward with a Universal version of Virtual PC at this time.” The big switch that Apple made from PowerPC to Intel chips has meant that the popular virtualization software would essentially have to be rewritten from scratch, and clearly Microsoft isn’t down with that. With other solutions out there like Parallels, and even Apple’s own BootCamp (dual boot, not virtualization), VirtualPC doesn’t provide enough value to consumers to survive. Or maybe Microsoft just has it in for Apple after Steve Jobs outed Microsoft for ripping off MacOSX in Vista.
News.com: “The (Macintosh business unit) still recognizes that customers need access to Windows applications from their Intel-based Macs and feels confident that alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors, combined with a fully packaged retail copy of Windows will satisfy this need.”