Evidence uncovered that Apple’s Mac OS X could soon run Windows apps sans Windows?

“Once Intel chips landed inside Macs and Boot Camp made its debut, it got a lot harder to blame rumor mongers for making a certain leap: Mac OS X could one day run Windows apps sans-Windows,” David Chartier reports for Ars Technica. “Indeed, projects like the open source Wine have facilitated some of this functionality, albeit in a limited fashion, for some time now.”

“A new discussion on a Wine mailing list… [is] called Interesting Behavior of OS X, in which Steven Edwards describes the discovery that Leopard apparently contains an undocumented loader for Portable Executables, a type of file used in 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. More poking around revealed that Leopard’s own loader tries to find Windows DLL files when attempting to load a Windows binary,” Chartier reports.

“According to the fledgling investigation in this as-yet short message thread, folks are suspecting that Leopard contains at least the building blocks for Apple to one day add a compatibility layer to Mac OS X for running Windows apps right alongside Mac OS X apps,” Chartier reports.

Full article, with links, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]

73 Comments

  1. unfortunately this is something I need as some apps were never made for windows.
    Autocad – Revit…3D studio Max.
    In my opinion these are the best apps in the business and if you don’t agree at least you know they are the standard. i NEED to run tehm on my Mac without the need to install c%^&y;Vista

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