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Briefly: VirtualPC's end; OWC

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed August 16, 2006

VirtualPC's end, OWC

In brief: Questions remain about why Microsoft ceased development of its VirtualPC software for Mac amidst the turf war between Parallels and Apple.... Other World Computing (OWC) has reached an agreement to be the sole provider of Digital Technology Storage Solutions for the feature film "Yesterday Was a Lie...." Font Diner has launched the Font Bros Typography Supply Company, offering hand-picked works by independent font designers from around the globe.... Sony has begun shipping the first dual-layer 50GB Blu-Ray discs in the U.S. as write-once media that burn at a maximum speed of 2X.... Iconkits.com has released Office Button Kit, a new free stock icon set with 32 button icons for use with application and website development.




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  1. Spacemoose

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Lookout Movie Companies!!

    According to Engadget:

    "With 2x burning speeds for BD-R or BD-RE media, you can fill a 25GB Blu-ray disc in 50 minutes"

    So that's 1:40 to burn your 50gb disc! Woot!

  1. benjjamieson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Turf War?

    ....what 'Turf War'?

    If by 'turf' you mean two fields separated by a great distance, containing completely different types of grass, and by 'war' you mean 'living harmoniously together with completely different goals', then yes - its certainly is a turf war!

    If, on the other hand, you are trying to imply Apple's Boot Camp and Parallels Virtualisation product in *any* way compete with each other, then you clearly need to do a bit of research.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    that was quick...

    For those of us who need VPC for their G4 computers, this may not be the best move for MS. Yes, it bog down your entire system and take up around 10GB of space, but when you can't afford to upgrade and work requires windows apps, what're you gonna do?

    Who knows, maybe Apple will make an emulator that just runs windoze programs without needing to run the OS. (or we hope)

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is a typical

    Microsoft move though. You buy the competition whenever their technology is better than yours and you buy the competition if you want to kill a competing product in the marketplace. All perfectly legal, albeit not always ethical.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    VPC

    For those of us who need VPC for their G4 computers, this may not be the best move for MS. Yes, it bog down your entire system and take up around 10GB of space, but when you can't afford to upgrade and work requires windows apps, what're you gonna do?

    They're EOL'ing VPC, but not stating they're not still selling the current version. There should be no reason for it not to run now, since the G4/G5 is no longer being sold.

    Who knows, maybe Apple will make an emulator that just runs windoze programs without needing to run the OS. (or we hope)

    Not going to happen, at least not for PPC machines (which was your complaint in the first paragraph).

    typical Microsoft move though. You buy the competition whenever their technology is better than yours and you buy the competition if you want to kill a competing product in the marketplace. All perfectly legal, albeit not always ethical.

    They didn't buy the competition. They bought VPC, with which they had no competing product. Now, it happened to run on multiple platforms, but because of platform changes, they've decided to kill the mac version. But they're still selling/using the PC version of the software (and making it better as well). But that software was more virtualization then emulation.

    Also, how much would it cost them to rewrite the software to work with Intel hardware? And how much in sales would they have garnered, being that there's already one or two competing products out in the market already (and persistent rumors of Apple including such software with their OS). How'd you like to spend a ton of development effort to build a product (say, some kind of engine that could run little widgets that did one thing really well) and then, just as you're about to hit stride on the product, find out apple's going to include it in their OS?

    BTW, this is also a very typical apple move. Apple has bought several products (like Logic, for one) and then killed the windows version, trying to drive people to their OS.

  1. BladeFlyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    New contender....

    All is not lost,

    VMware have announced a new product that will run on Intel Macs.

    http://www.vmware.com/news/releases/mac.html

    Ok, not such good news for us G4/5 owners, but at least there will be something of use out there.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    'turf war' indeed...

    Apple suggests Parallels in the 'Get a Mac' ad that spouts the Macs ability to run Windows. Read the fine print...MacNN editors.

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