Microsoft demos Windows Vista on Apple MacBook Pro

At a presentation of the oft-delayed Windows Vista and Office 2007 for a group of bloggers at Microsoft HQ in Diegem, Belgium, Microsoft “actully loaded Windows Vista on a piece of Mac hardware and presented with it,” according to a brief report from UNEASYsilence.

More photos can be found on Flickr here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not a smart move by Microsoft. This story will help Joe Average see that his next computer should be a “Twofer” Apple Mac that can run Mac OS X and Windows Vista.

Now, Windows Vista can’t hold a candle to Mac OS X Tiger (or Jaguar, for that matter) and Mac OS X Leopard is on the way, no less. We all know what happens when someone actually tries a Mac and can compare it to Windows: they overwhelmingly choose the Mac. Is Microsoft trying to help Apple first embrace and then extinguish Windows or is this just another sign that Microsoft has lost it?

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  1. Naah, this just shows that PC geeks really do want a Mac. Was probably one of their personal Laptops and they just tried it on their own and then decieded to use it for the presentation.

    Yes, this could be a bad move for MS. At least in the PR world.

    (did better than the Dell laptop from last week)


  2. Nahh, it is that even Microsucks knows that the best computers out there are the new Macs. They know it, they show it and they do not care: it still bring money to them.

    People to be scared are all PC manufacturers out there: they sell inferior products.

    Microshaft is simply making it more clear for its customers: BUY a MAC.

    BTW, MacBooks are the ones that score best on the “Vista ready” tool released by Microshit. Why running Windows on inferior products?

    MDN “trouble” as appropriate as ever. This spells trouble for PC makers.

  3. Dell, HP Compaq, Gateway, Acer, Sony, Toshiba, et al should be very pleased with this. They have been the engine for Microsoft’s dominance by bundling the MS tax with their computers and this is how MS repays them – demos the first major upgrade to their OS in 5 years on competition’s hardware!

    Still, MS makes more money if people by a Mac and a full retail version of Vista than if they get Vista at the “bundle” price with their Dell.

  4. My guess is that MS wins–at least in the short term–by promoting Apple computers that run Windows.

    The Macs that are sold to people who want to run Windows on it, the better for Micrsoft. Any Apple owner who wants to run Windows has to buy Windows separately–that gives Micrsoft a bigger per-unit profit than a pre-installed Windows computer.

    This really is a win-win situation for Microsoft and Apple.

    Of course, we all expect and hope that in the long term people are convinced to move to the better OS–OS X.

  5. “The Macs that are sold to people who want to run Windows on it, the better for Micrsoft. Any Apple owner who wants to run Windows has to buy Windows separately–that gives Micrsoft a bigger per-unit profit than a pre-installed Windows computer.

    This really is a win-win situation for Microsoft and Apple.”

    Exactly, Windows will be sold at full-retail to run on Macs. And then Office etc.

    Further, it helps Microsoft jump on the “Apple is hip” bandwagon. Brilliant move buy Microsoft.

  6. Yeah, we all know what happens when people actually use Macs and compare it to Windows but let’s be real folks… how many average joes are going to see these pictures? This is just for us Mac nerds to enjoy. Now, if we could get someone at a major media outlet then mayber it’ll mean something more. Either way, I’m sure Uncle Fester is spitting a vile e-mail to the guys in Belgium for this mistake.

  7. Perhaps Macbook Pro with Core Duo provided the fastest and most stable hardware available for running Vista.

    Perhaps some renegade Microsoft employees were flexing their iconoclastic muscle.

    Perhaps Microsoft quietly and tacitly acknowledged that differences between OSs cannot be explained by differences in hardware.

    Perhaps Microsoft imagines that Vista, devoid of so many promised features and significant attributes, is equivalent to OS X 10.4 in elegance, function, stability, and security.

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