The software maker said the software needs more testing than anticipated. Microsoft acquired the Virtual PC product last year, when itof Connectix. Microsoft said Virtual PC 7--the first Microsoft-developed version of the software--will now arrive sometime in the second half of the year, instead of the first half, as originally planned.
"Initially, our development and testing time line was estimated based on our experience with development of Office," Microsoft product manager Jessica Sommer said in a statement. "The developing, testing and bug fix cycle with Virtual PC is longer than that of Office and the testing more vigorous than previous version(s) of Virtual PC. Because of this, we have adjusted our release timing to match a more realistic schedule."
The decision also means that one version of Office 2004 for the Mac--the Professional Edition--will be delayed, because it will contain Virtual PC 7. Other versions of Office 2004 are just nowonto store shelves and will be widely available later this month.
Microsoft said the delay was also affected by the previously announced. Some versions of Virtual PC come with a copy of Windows XP, and Microsoft said it wanted to include the updated version, which has been pushed back until July.
The new version of Virtual PC is especially important to Power Mac G5 owners, because prior versions have beenwith the new processor. Microsoft said last August that it would add G5 support with the next full version of Virtual PC.