A version written in the Java computer language that will run on Macintosh and Linux computers is scheduled for release in September 2006, [program manager for World Wind at NASA Ames Patrick] Hogan noted.
That’s wonderful to hear, given that the porting project appeared to be dormant.
Two down, two to go: Will ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer and Microsoft’s mooted 3D virtual globe run on Macs? I doubt ESRI will embrace the Mac. (As James Fee notes, it’s a .Net application, and porting it to anything else would likely be seen as a waste of resources by its core user community), but I think Microsoft doesn’t really have a choice if it wants to make its virtual globe a social, economically viable space. Not making a Mac version would be as silly as building a Windows-only online store. (Note that Second Life and World of Warcraft both have a Mac client.)