Anyone Surprised? [2:24 pm]
When Microsoft Corp. launches Virtual PC 2004, a Linux version of the software won’t be along for the ride–at least not officially.
Microsoft confirmed to eWEEK.com that an upgrade to Virtual PC–software it purchased from Connectix Corp. in February that lets enables users to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation–is close to being released to manufacturing. However, the new version will no longer offer official support for BSD Unix, Linux, NetWare or Solaris on Intel.
Carla Huffman, a product manager in the Windows Client Division, explained, “Customers will be able to run most variants of Linux, as well as NetWare and BSD, as guest OSes on Microsoft’s version of Virtual PC. However, Virtual PC is optimized for Windows around key customer scenarios.”
[...] Microsoft has not abandoned its Mac audience. Huffman said, “Virtual PC for Mac is alive and well! Microsoft released its version of the product, Virtual PC for Mac Version 6.1, this past August and will continue to support and innovate around the technology.”
However, the Redmond, Wash., software giant has made few moves to market the Mac software. In addition, Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 does not support the latest G5-based Macs. There is no release date for a G5-compatible Virtual PC for Mac. As is, users at such popular Mac sites as Mac Update have said they are underwhelmed by the current version.