Microsoft has acquired Connectix's Virtual PC products, including Virtal PC for Mac, Windows and Virtual Server. The company has also taken on Connectix employees that worked on these products.

Virtual PC will be integrated within Microsoft's Mac Business Unit, which will be responsible for future product development.

Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of worldwide developer relations, said: "Adding Virtual PC to its product portfolio is yet another example of Microsoft's continued commitment to the Mac platform.

"For years, Virtual PC has helped people who want to own a Mac, but need to run legacy PC applications. We're glad to see Virtual PC go into such good hands."

Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Windows Server Group Bill Veghte said: "Our customers told us they wanted a best-of-breed virtual machine solution that enables them to run their legacy Windows applications, even as they migrate to more modern operating-system technology. With this acquisition, we are committed to delivering this solution for our customers and providing the support they need both today and in the future."

Connectix president and CEO Roy McDonald said: "This agreement will enable advances in virtual-machine technology and applications through expanded resources for research, development, professional support and services."

Microsoft will continue to develop virtual machine solutions from Connectix and will integrate these into its Mac and Windows product lines. During the transition period, Connectix will continue to sell and support Virtual PC products. Virtual Server will be available as a preview release on Microsoft's Web site on April 15.

Details of the transaction were not disclosed, though it was completed on February 18.

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