Microsoft has decided that there’s no point continuing to develop its Virtual PC software for the Mac, and I quite agree.
With the speed of change in the Mac, with everything moving over to Intel, with Boot Camp coming in Leopard, and with other third-party applications available, what would be the point?
I’ve never been a great fan of Virtual PC, and now with dual-booting Intel based Macs, anyone who really wants or needs to run Windows can, straight out of the tin (well, assuming you’ve bought a Windows OS of course) – or as near as, anyway.
It continues Microsoft’s disappearance from the Mac scene, and I’m tempted to say "Mac users don’t need no stinkin’ Microsoft". Oh, I have.
They told us some time ago that there’d be no further Internet Explorer
development – oh dear, you mean we can’t run the most
up-to-date version of a security-flawed, non-standards compliant browser on our
Macs? How will we cope?
To my mind, the sticking point has always been Microsoft Office – yes,
that huge piece of gloop that nearly everyone the world over has
been trapped with and so must use forever more.
Microsoft and Apple signed a deal at the beginning of this year
guaranteeing we’ll see Office on our Macs for at least the next 5
years. Hopefully by then, open standards will have prevailed and we
won’t need to be tied to the Redmond giant in any way.
Wishful thinking, maybe, but it looks like Apple, third-party devs, and
its users, will need to find decent alternatives, as it looks like
Microsoft could desert completely not too far down the line. It’s not
as if MS and Apple are exactly buddies, is it?