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MS buys VPC

  Messages 6-5 deleted by author between 07-22-2006 09:26 AM and 07-21-2006 08:56 AM
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That Darned Mac Guy
02-21-2003
02:42 AM ET (US)
"...the most popular way for switchers to still use Windows on their Macs."

If you're still using Windows, what makes you a switcher?

Maybe this needs to be repeated more often. The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is one of the three most profitable groups at Microsoft on a per-capita basis. BillG likes profitable groups. So do the Microsoft stockholders.

We're smart enough to realize that forcing Mac users to use Windows or Windows-like software is one way to REALLY lose money. Remember just how bad Mac Word 6 and Office 4.2 were? We do. We're still trying to make up for those bad decisions.

There are many things that might happen with VPC, and none of them involve a plot to drop Mac Office.
Edited 02-21-2003 02:44 AM
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SakushaPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2003
11:31 PM ET (US)
VPC for the Mac is dead. Remember what happened to two crossplatform game developers bought by MS: Atomic Games, and Bungee. They both insisted that Mac titles would continue. They lied.
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bbum
02-19-2003
10:50 PM ET (US)
No -- because of a simple technical reason. The performance sucks and will always suck in comparison to a native app.

And a simple business reason -- the Macintosh Business Unit @ Microsoft *makes money*. Why screw with a profitable business unit? If anything, Microsoft has consistently demonstrated that making a profit is a priority.

Read the damned press release. Microsoft bought this stuff because Connectix has solved a number of *very hard* technical problems that will be of tremendous value to Microsoft's future technical direction.
Edited 02-19-2003 10:51 PM
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MacDaddy
02-19-2003
08:15 PM ET (US)
No, this is a way for Bill Gates to try and stop the ever increasing bleed of "switchers" by buying and killing the most popular way for switchers to still use Windows on their Macs.

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