CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide
Tech Industry

VirtualMac for BeOS disappears

Development stops on the program that aimed to let the new, highly-touted Be operating system run Macintosh applications.

One of the hottest programs at January's Macworld conference is no longer.

A notice posted Wednesday on the fredlabs Web site explained that the two-man company will not complete development of VirtualMac. The program aimed to let the new, highly-touted Be operating system run Macintosh applications.

Even in development, VirtualMac caused a stir at Macworld and gave the nascent BeOS a boost as a potential Mac competitor. But the enthusiasm didn't seem to translate into real-world interest in funding the project, according to Fred Huxham and Fred Monroe, the founders of fredlabs.

"When it comes time to actually sit down and sign a contract, everyone has either changed their mind or vanished into silence," the duo wrote. "We have come to the realization that no company is interested in VirtualMac. We have just agreed to work on a project which will occupy the majority of our time throughout most of 1997. As a result, VirtualMac will not be completed."

Be, which recently discontinued development of its BeBox hardware systems, is getting ready for its first developer conference in Santa Clara, California on May 10 and 11.