What if Steve Jobs became Microsoft CEO?

“Microsoft already embarrassed itself by being five years late with Windows Vista. In a properly run organization, those responsible would have been fired by now. Bill Gates would be gone, Steve Ballmer, his high-school buddy and longtime Microsoft pal, would be gone, and a half-dozen others would be fired, too,” Al Fasoldt writes for Technofile. “A company like Apple wouldn’t let incompetents stay on like that. Is this ringing a bell? Steve Jobs would know how to turn Microsoft around. Microsoft’s stockholders don’t want failure and delays. They want results. Right?”

Fasoldt writes, “So they ask Steve to take over as CEO. He retains his position at Apple. He ceases development of Windows Vista and instead unveils a version of Windows his own engineering team has designed, based, as is OS X, on Unix. It’s compatible with all previous versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows XP, yet the compatibility is achieved through Rosetta Stone emulation. Rosetta, you might already know, is the emulation layer built into Apple’s version of OS X for Intel Macs. Rosetta Stone will be its emulation layer for Windows Unix. (And, no, the name would not have been chosen for the condition you’d have to be in to run an operating system with 210,000 active viruses.)”

“Oh well. You think I’m just dreaming, don’t you. Nothing like that could ever happen,” Fasoldt writes. “But consider this. If I told you in early spring of 2006 that Apple would soon come up with a way to turn Intel Macs into Windows PCs, you would have thought I was dreaming. Let’s hear it for dreams.”

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  1. Was an interesting article until the author suggested that the new Unix-based Windows would use Rosetta to run old Windows applications.

    Rosetta is a CPU emulator, not a software API/OS emulator. Wouldn’t it make more sense to maintain compatibility with Windows 95/98/XP via a “Classic” mode like Apple already did for OS 9 when they switched to OS X?

    This guy doesn’t know too much.

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