Peter Rojas has published an interview with Microsoft’s “Chief Software Architect” Bill Gates for Engadget. Among other topics, Gates doesn’t seem to think that Apple’s switch to Intel chips makes a difference for Microsoft:
Rojas: A few months ago Apple announced that it was switching to Intel for its processors. How does this affect Microsoft?
Gates: It doesn’t really change anything for us. Apple has always leveraged technologies that the PC industry has driven to critical mass, the bus structures, the graphics cards, the peripherals, the connection networks, things like that, so they’re kind of in the PC ecosystem and kind of not. Now they’re taking advantage of the Intel chip. The users don’t really care what’s inside the machine in terms of the processor. There is a certain irony that we’ve got a game box that uses the same processor Apple used to use, and now they don’t use that. We have compilers that can take Intel code and make PowerPC code or take PowerPC code and make Intel code, we’ve got emulators. The flexibilities back and forth between the CPU environments is actually pretty high nowadays.
Rojas: Do you worry that they might decide to make the operating system available to anybody?
Gates: No, that’s fine. In a sense whenever you buy a new machine you’ve always had the choice of buying a Mac OS machine versus a Windows OS machine, so it’s the same flexibility. We even had on the PowerPC this thing called Virtual PC that lets you get Windows capability over on their hardware.
Rojas: So you don’t worry about Apple opening things up so an OEM like Sony could offer OS X?
Gates: Well, the last time Apple went out and licensed their operating system to people they changed their minds and they bankrupted all the people who had been involved in that, and I don’t know if we’ll see another round of Apple tantalizing people with that or not.
Full interview with much more here.
MacDailyNews Take: Either Gates can’t see the possibilities or, much more likely, he can, but won’t dare acknowledge them (although he did miss a little thing called the Internet so badly that Microsoft decided they had to illegally abuse their monopoly in order to correct that minor oversight). Note: Virtual PC for Mac still seems to be available via Microsoft’s “Mactopia” website.
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