“After long imploring computer users to ‘think different’ and defining the Macintosh as a lone bulwark against the Windows onslaught, Apple Computer has decided to open the gate, at least a bit. Two decades after the first Mac arrived, Apple said Wednesday that it would offer users of its latest models a simple way to run the Microsoft Windows operating system as well as its own. That means a single Apple computer will run programs written for either the Mac or Windows, though it will have to shut down one system to start the other,” John Markof writes for The New York Times. “‘The religion has changed,’ said Charles Wolf, a financial analyst at Needham & Company, a New York investment firm. ‘Apple is saying we have the chance to really build the Macintosh platform, and although there are risks, we’re going to do it.'”
Markoff reports, “Wednesday’s move also won an important endorsement from Apple’s other co-founder, Stephen G. Wozniak, who long ago left the company but remains a vocal Macintosh user and is idolized by the Mac faithful. ‘It’s a great thing for Apple,’ he told a reporter by e-mail. ‘I don’t see the earth being rocked, but I can now recommend Apple hardware to a lot more people. One pitch is that if Windows gets too frustrating and unbearable and unsafe, then they can easily switch.’ And Microsoft took the opportunity to salute the move, and itself. ‘Windows is a great operating system,’ a Microsoft statement said. ‘We’re pleased that Apple customers are excited about running it, and that Apple is responding to meet the demand.'”
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