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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57 Comments

  1. So a lecture in Nowheresville, Belgium — and in French, no less — to a hatful of bloggers is a threat not only to Microsoft, Dell, HP, Sony but all other companies from Akrotiri to Zaire. Heads will roll for this colossal blunder!

    More purple Kool-Aid, please.

  2. MDN take:

    or is this just another sign that Microsoft has lost it?

    It depends.

    First, I’ll wager that MS is gearing up brutal media campaign to point out how much “better” Vista runs than OS X on Apple’s own hardware (whether it’s true or not).

    And second, I wouldn’t put it past MS to have Vista look for an OS X install, then conveniently cripple it with garbageware. It’s a given MS will have to install something on the OS X side to make Vista work.

    Love MS or not, they’ve always been a tough fighter on the streets.
    Whatever they’re doing is aimed towards their benefit.

  3. Apple should release Panther AHEAD of schedule by fully releasing it in August at the WWDC. It would really make Windows users question why they are waiting so long for so little.

    Magic Word = “cars” Thanks Pixar. A cool movie!

  4. A confident Microsoft should run Vista on the best hardware available for demonstration, which is a Macintosh. Shrinking from a direct comparison of Vista and MacOS X would be admitting defeat before the competition even begins.

    Microsoft wants Macintosh owners to purchase Vista for their business and technical applications that only run on Windows. And there are numerous examples of applications that only run on Windows.

    Windows and the MacOS have been compared for over a decade. You can argue that one is better than the other, but the market share is decidedly in favor of Windows at the moment.

    Since cheap hardware has been in Window’s favor in the past, in theory with Apple’s adoption of Intel processors this effect should be mitigated. However, Apple would have to take 50% of the hardware market to claim 50% of the OS market, since MacOS doesn’t run on other vendor’s hardware.

    Our friend Steve Jobs would have to make the strategic decision to run MacOS X on HP and Dell hardware for MacOS X to ever significantly erode Microsoft’s market share. Never say never, but it probably ain’t gonna happen…

  5. pictures in flicker is funny. where is windows vista demo photos? all I can see is that red lapster, or people enjoy eating it. so they’re not interested in windows vista anymore. that’s shame! they seem to like macbook pro more.

  6. Apple should release Panther

    So time warp and multidimensional world do indeed exist.

    GmJm, I can tell you who are the next two NFL Superbowl winners, send a check later in 2006 to me. Thanks.

  7. Cheap hardware has slowly become a liability for Microsoft.

    All those owners of cheap Dells, HPs and so on are crying to Microsft because the crap they where tricked into buying will not really run Vista. We all know how the PC side thinks. They believe all the fault is with Microsoft.

    Microsoft will kill itself in the end. They where fools to rely to heavly on cheap hardware.

  8. Saturday Slow News Day:

    interesting choice of place-name beginning with A. i wonder if there will be an influx of new customers at chris’s kebabs after this publicity?

    MW: line as in follow the line, out the gate, turn left – you’re there

  9. It struck me as odd that MS delayed Vista whilst at the same time cutting back on staff/hours. Copied from a message board:

    MicroSoft has delayed releasing Vista because the laws have not been passed. Once the law has been passed, the American public will live under complete surveillance. Vista contains a full package solution, VOIP, NSA filtering and NarusInsight Intercept Suite. This is important. What is this suite? The Lawful Intercept module offers carriers and service providers compliance with regulatory requirements regarding lawful intercept. The Lawful Intercept module provides an end-to-end solution consisting of Administration, Access and Delivery functions. The Lawful Intercept module is compliant with CALEA and ETSI standards. It can be seamlessly integrated with third party products for testing/validation or as a complete law enforcement solution.

    The Directed Analysis module seamlessly integrates with NarusInsight Secure Suite or other DDoS, intrusion or anomaly detection systems, securely providing analysts with real-time, surgical targeting of suspect information (from flow to application to full packets). The Directed Analyis module provides industry standard formats and offers tools for archival and integration with third party investigative tools.

    Narus

    VOIP: A U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule requiring VOIP providers to allow wiretapping by May 2007. This includes computer and TV.

    Your TV: DTV Tuner Mandate” – Last year the FCC adopted an OTA tuner mandate – which begins phasing in next month (for high end TVs) and applies to all new sets by July 2007 – prohibiting consumers from purchasing a new TV set without a broadcast digital TV tuner inside it, even though the vast majority of TVs will never be used OTA. Good-bye TiVo, Broadcast Flag” – A requirement that all consumer electronics devices include a “broadcast flag” to prevent retransmission of an FCC licensed broadcast signal out-of- the-home without payment to the broadcaster.

    ITAA (pdf)
    There is more to story, this gives you enough to bite on. Question, is it Homeland Security or the demise of our freedom. You decide.

    Controlled TV and Internet coming to a theater near you. BTW, I stumbled across this information by researching MS Vista. I kept wondering why the delay in release. It became very clear. As you my know the current internet has a dual function, Civil and Military.

    Google: Roadmap 2005. Its .pdf file listed as untitled. We are converting from analog to digital.

    ——————————————————————————–
    If you’re a Windows user, fire up an MS-DOS command prompt. Now type tracert followed by the domain name of the website, e-mail host, VoIP switch, or whatever destination you’re interested in.

  10. It struck me as odd that MS delayed Vista whilst at the same time cutting back on staff/hours. Copied from a message board:

    MicroSoft has delayed releasing Vista because the laws have not been passed. Once the law has been passed, the American public will live under complete surveillance. Vista contains a full package solution, VOIP, NSA filtering and NarusInsight Intercept Suite. This is important. What is this suite? The Lawful Intercept module offers carriers and service providers compliance with regulatory requirements regarding lawful intercept. The Lawful Intercept module provides an end-to-end solution consisting of Administration, Access and Delivery functions. The Lawful Intercept module is compliant with CALEA and ETSI standards. It can be seamlessly integrated with third party products for testing/validation or as a complete law enforcement solution.

    The Directed Analysis module seamlessly integrates with NarusInsight Secure Suite or other DDoS, intrusion or anomaly detection systems, securely providing analysts with real-time, surgical targeting of suspect information (from flow to application to full packets). The Directed Analyis module provides industry standard formats and offers tools for archival and integration with third party investigative tools.

    Narus

    VOIP: A U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule requiring VOIP providers to allow wiretapping by May 2007. This includes computer and TV.

    Your TV: DTV Tuner Mandate” – Last year the FCC adopted an OTA tuner mandate – which begins phasing in next month (for high end TVs) and applies to all new sets by July 2007 – prohibiting consumers from purchasing a new TV set without a broadcast digital TV tuner inside it, even though the vast majority of TVs will never be used OTA. Good-bye TiVo, Broadcast Flag” – A requirement that all consumer electronics devices include a “broadcast flag” to prevent retransmission of an FCC licensed broadcast signal out-of- the-home without payment to the broadcaster.

    ITAA (pdf)
    There is more to story, this gives you enough to bite on. Question, is it Homeland Security or the demise of our freedom. You decide.

    Controlled TV and Internet coming to a theater near you. BTW, I stumbled across this information by researching MS Vista. I kept wondering why the delay in release. It became very clear. As you my know the current internet has a dual function, Civil and Military.

    Google: Roadmap 2005. Its .pdf file listed as untitled. We are converting from analog to digital.

    ——————————————————————————–
    If you’re a Windows user, fire up an MS-DOS command prompt. Now type tracert followed by the domain name of the website, e-mail host, VoIP switch, or whatever destination you’re interested in.

  11. iMacUK:No mystery. I went url=http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ax.html]here[/url] to get the first country that started with A.

    Since using Afghanistan may have led to second-guessing by readers, I chose the second one in the list. But that, too, seems to have introduced questions, though its alphabetical placement was the only reason I was conscious of. Not residing in the U.S.A., I figured it was safe enough to go to the site. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  12. I second Dennis’s comment. It is kind of funny that someone’s first reaction to seeing someone with a body mass index of about 21 or 22 (the range in which you stop having increased incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and the like) is that they look unreasonably scrawny!

    The average American BMI is nearly 28 now. In a not of northern European countries it’s closer to 25 (the too-generous borderline between “normal weight” and “overweight” by World Health Organization standards). In Japan, the longest-lived nation, it’s around 22, or what this guy weighs.

    We’re also failing to get taller at the same rate as the rest of the developed world (even if you only look at middle- and upper-class whites), which doesn’t help us look as thin they do, either. Apparently it’s the pervasiveness of junk food:

    http://www.newyorker.com/printables/fact/040405fa_fact

    Oh, well. I’m pretty sure things can’t get much worse, at least.

  13. Fates & Fush,

    MS can’t even get Vista’s announced features right; you seriously think they can successfully embed secret government control technology?

    You’d better seal yourself in your compound bunker before the black helicopters land.

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