FWB: Nothing Real About RealPC for Mac

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-08-27 Print this article Print

In July, FWB Software claimed its RealPC for the Mac OS X was in beta; now new management says no formal development of the PC emulation was ever begun.

The new management of a company that had claimed to be working on a PC emulation product called RealPC for the Mac OS X admitted on Wednesday that no formal development had ever begun on the product. FWB Software Inc., before a management shakeup in July, had indicated during media interviews and on the companys Web site that the RealPC product was in beta and about to be released, according to a statement from the new management. FWB Software, of Redwood Shores, Calif., now plans to discontinue any plans to develop the product, citing development costs and licensing fees. RealPC was expected to be a competitor to Virtual PC, another PC emulation product now owned by Microsoft Corp.
"I am sorry to have to admit that apparently the company has been a party to vaporware when it comes to the claims regarding RealPC," Marko Kostyrko, FWBs new CEO, who took over in July, said in a statement.
In investigating RealPCs status, Kostyrko said FWBs new management found that "not a single line of code has been written" and that the company had not received the source code needed as the foundation for building the emulation software. Kostyrko promised that the new management, which also includes President Mark Hurlow, is committed to restoring trust in the company. FWB Software develops a range of disk utility software for the Mac. "Honesty and openness with the user base is a cornerstone of the new management team," the companys statement said.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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