“Here’s some new ammunition for those who think Apple’s move to Intel processors is about building computers that can run both Mac and Windows applications,” Sandy McMurray writes for Corante. “Apple’s U.S. patent application 0050246554 (‘System and method for creating tamper-resistant code’) describes scenarios in which the user would choose a ‘first operating system’ and a ‘second operating system’ from a set that includes Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. There’s also mention of a virtual machine, and the option to choose between ‘Macintosh computer’ and ‘Windows PC.'”

McMurray writes, “When Windows Vista ships, Microsoft will encourage users to upgrade. Many home computers will be unable to meet Vista’s minimum system requirements… Apple has more than a year to come up with a competitively priced computer capable of running both Mac and Windows applications. It could run both systems at once, or — as the patent seems to suggest — run one system natively and the other in a virtual machine… Michael Dell should be concerned. So should HP, Gateway, Lenovo/IBM, and every other Windows PC maker. Apple controls OS X, and does not license it to others. Therefore, only Apple can build a personal computer capable of running Windows and Mac OS X.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Following Apple CEO Steve Jobs announcement of the transition from PowerPC to Intel-based Macs, CNET’s Ina Fried reported:

After Jobs’ presentation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. “That doesn’t preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will,” he said. “We won’t do anything to preclude that.” However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers’ hardware. “We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac,” he said. Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: See our “take” in the article, How Apple can win the OS war.

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