8/8/2006

Microsoft: No Virtual PC for Intel-based Macs

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has decided not to move forward with a version of Virtual PC for the Intel-based Macintosh, and will also be discontinuing support of Visual Basic scripting in the next version of Office for Mac, the company said.

As Virtual PC for Mac was originally developed on the PowerPC platform, the amount of time that it would take to bring it to Intel would be roughly equivalent to creating the product from scratch, Scott Erickson, director of product management and marketing for Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit, told eWEEK Aug. 7.

“We felt that was not an acceptable time frame for customers in light of the other options that are available in the market. By streamlining our efforts, we can focus on Office and our other core productivity applications,” he said.

The move comes as Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs unveiled details of its latest operating system, Leopard, at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco Aug. 7.

Apple will continue to provide technical assistance for Virtual PC to existing customers, while the product will continue to be sold to customers running PowerPC machines, he said.

Source: eWeek

Sony to Launch a New Wireless Handheld

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hoping to tap into the growth of wireless networks across college campuses, other public spaces and within homes, Sony Corp. will announce Tuesday a new pocket-sized gadget for instant messaging and other Internet-based communications.

The Sony mylo, slated for availability in September at a retail price of about $350, is a first-of-its-kind product that uses Wi-Fi networks, analysts say. It is not a cellular phone and thus doesn’t carry monthly service fees. And though it could handle Web-based e-mail services, it doesn’t support corporate e-mail programs.

Instead, the slim, oblong-shaped gizmo that has a 2.4-inch display and slides open to expose a thumb keyboard is specifically geared toward young, mainstream consumers for messaging and Internet-based calls, commonly known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls.

As long as a Wi-Fi network is accessible, a mylo user could chat away or browse the Web.

Source: AP

Borland Brings Back Its Turbo Tools

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Borland Software’s Developer Tools Group is moving back to the company’s roots and relaunching its Turbo brand of products—offering the tools both for beginners and nonprogrammers, as well as for professionals.

Borland officials said the Cupertino, Calif., company is bringing back its Turbo brand of tools as a set of low-cost, language-specific rapid application development tools for students, hobbyist developers, occupational developers and individual programming professionals.

On Aug. 8, the company’s Developer Tools Group, which is up for sale, is scheduled to announce single-language versions of the components of Borland Developer Studio, the company’s IDE for Microsoft Windows and .Net applications.

David Intersimone, vice president of developer relations and chief evangelist at Borland, said the Turbo product set includes Turbo Delphi for Win32, Turbo Delphi for .Net, Turbo C and Turbo C#. Each version will be available in two editions: Turbo Explorer, a free downloadable version; and Turbo Professional, a version priced at less than $500, he said.

Source: eWeek

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