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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Next step closer to my prediction - Apple ok's Windows

Apple ok's running Windows on it's machines. My prediction from the start has been that Apple will or should get out or highly reduce it's presence in the OS biz and focus on running Windows as the primary OS on their hardware.


http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/0....ap/index.html

CUPERTINO, California (AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday unveiled new software that allows Intel-based Macs to run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP software.

The computer maker said its new "Boot Camp" software is available as a download beginning Wednesday. It allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac computer.

"Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple's superior hardware now that we use Intel processors," Philip Schiller, Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in a statement.

Boot Camp makes it easier to install Windows software on an Intel-based Mac, with a step-by-step guide.

It also lets users choose to use either Mac OS X software, or the Windows software when they restart their computer.

Users can download the new Boot Camp software from Apple's Web site. A final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 "Leopard."
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But the Mac OS is far superior!
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You are looking at it backwards.














After the XP platform and Vista run on Mac.. the Mac OS will run on ALL Intel chips. Once hardware is out of the picture, we will indeed see which OS is better. Of course... that'll only last for 2-3 yrs until MS decides to pull MS Office support from Mac OS.


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You are looking at it backwards.














After the XP platform and Vista run on Mac.. the Mac OS will run on ALL Intel chips. Once hardware is out of the picture, we will indeed see which OS is better. Of course... that'll only last for 2-3 yrs until MS decides to pull MS Office support from Mac OS.


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I don't see folks running OSX on PC based machines for the simple reason that you're better off running it on a Mac in the first place. The Mac OS is way too far behind to be of any threat to Windows...let's understand just how tiny the market share for Mac OS is. The real competition where Apple can make a big dent now is in the hardware. Apple will be good competition for Dell and Gateway who can for sure do better than they are.

OS's dominate because of corporate choices. Meaning that at this time more corporations are picking MS. Until Apple produces a full lineup from workstation to server that can even come close to matching MS there will be zero competition as is now.

Followed by corporations, my guess is that gaming is the next biggest share of the market. Apple would need to make huge strides to get to even the very bottom level of MS at this time in that market.

Finally you've got the base users who download music, email, and surf the web...my guess is that many of these users will go for price. So next Apple has to be within the price range of a machine such as a basic Dell.

Now this can all change...but at the moment my thinking ain't backwards. At the moment Mac OS is absolutely no competition for Windows...simple as that. I'm all for competition. Part of the reason Mac OS is a better individual user experience is because they're the underdog with nothing to lose. MS is comfy on top and could care less at this time. I have no doubt that if Mac and Windows were on a closer battle front that Windows would be muuuuuuuch better.

In the short term prediction: Apple goes after makers like Dell to go from a 5% market share to maybe 7 or 8%...Dell and other makers may finally produce more machines that are something like their XPS line.

Long term prediction: Jobs mentallity is "focusing on less is better". So if hardware goes his way then they would sell their OS and really go hard core to dominate the hardware market. And why not!? Even pc users as myself would easily buy a Mac laptop for it's superior hardware (assuming I'm not custom building my pc), such as a laptop and run Windows. Not to mention, if they give the OS to someone who could trully focus on it...then the chase could come after Windows.
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