Software giant Microsoft Corp. has acquired the assets of Connectix Corp., a maker of software that allows users of Apple Computer's Macintosh platform to run Windows-based applications. Some educators say they fear the move could hinder their ability to support a cross-platform computing environment in their schools.

Microsoft purchased the technology of the privately held company for an undisclosed amount on Feb. 19, citing its potential to help current Microsoft customers easily migrate to new operating system platforms while continuing to leverage investments in their existing applications.

The move could

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