Microsoft has no problem granting Windows license to Apple

“Microsoft… said it would have no problem granting a Windows licence to Apple, in exactly the same way it currently provides licences to Dell and HP. ‘Just like all Microsoft’s OEMs, Apple can build industry-standard hardware that’s compatible with Windows; Microsoft has an open specification and a process for certifying the hardware,’ said a Microsoft spokesman. ‘Microsoft would support Apple the same way it supports every other PC manufacturer,'” Stewart Mitchell writes for PC Pro. “However, running Mac OS X on a significantly cheaper PC remains an elusive dream, because Apple ‘will not allow Mac OS X to be run on anything other than an Apple Mac’, said the company’s senior vice president Phil Schiller.”

“Nevertheless, it seems certain that hackers will work out a way of doing exactly this, although it won’t be easy since Apple’s Intel-based Macs use extensible firmware interface (EFI), whereas Microsoft’s Windows XP relies on BIOS, and the two aren’t natively interoperable,” Mitchell writes. “In reality, however, the biggest news for Windows developers is legally porting their software to Apple. CodeWeavers, for example, has expanded its software porting capabilities to include support for Windows-to-Mac – in theory, significantly reducing the time and cost of developing Mac versions of Windows software. ‘The shift to Intel chips is good news for Windows developers who, for reasons of time and expense, have never created Mac versions of their key applications,’ said CodeWeavers chief executive Jeremy White. ‘It’s a new opportunity for them.'”

Mitchell writes, “Apple’s move to Intel has hardly turned the world of Windows on its head. But it has thrown up new hope for cross-platform development, which in the long term may bring great benefits to PC professionals.”

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  1. I’d rather have the best of both worlds. The best OS (Mac OS X) and the best processors (Intel x86). So I’ll keep my iMac Core Duo just as it is now thank you. I don’t want or need to install Windows XP or Vista on it.

  2. hehe licensing win to apple… that would be like licensing a windmill to someone who has learned to manage fusion ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. LOL!

    M$ always amazes me with their bloody check.



  4. Well of course Microsoft doesn’t have a problem licensing Windows to Apple. MS wouldn’t have a problem licensing Windows to Satan himself.

    Why don’t these people get it? Apple doesn’t care about Windows. They are not trying to be another Dell, Gateway, or run of the mill box builder. Apple is charting their own course!

    Besides, why would Apple want to run a cheap knockoff of their own ideas?

    Forget Windows people! You don’t need it.

  5. 2+ decades in and we still haven’t figured out that cheap hardware equals higher operating costs. I know many people who use $299 Dells – I don’t know a single person running a $299 Del who hasn’t put $1000 worth of hardware upgrades, software upgrades, hardware fixes, and more often than not simply repurchasing completely new hardware, etc., inside of the first 18-24 months.

    In my Mac collection exists a Beige G3 and a Strawberry iMac: The Beige G3 gets used almost on a daily basis and was purchased in 1997, I’ve put $500 into it over the years upgrading the RAM and hard drive. The Stawberry iMac gets used everyday and was purchased in 1998, over the years I’ve put $150 into it upgrading RAM and recently replacing a fried power supply that got zapped by a major power surge at a summer camp 2 years ago.

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