Windows Apps, Not Windows OS

While many don’t care what kind of chip is inside a Mac, others wonder what it will take to boot Windows on an Intel Mac. TechWorld has found an interesting intermediate argument, predicting that the big winner will be Windows-emulation products such as VirtualPC. They should allow Windows apps to run at native PC speeds on the new Macs since code translation will no longer be necessary. While only a few geeks like me want both a Mac and a PC on their desks, more may benefit from the ability to run Windows apps on their Macs. I figure that this will be a great opportunity to run Windows apps while eschewing the Windows OS! We will have to see how well the next generation of Windows emulators integrates with the Mac OS.

4 comments

  1. Jason says:

    Personally, I am wondering if and when we will be able to use OSX on non-Apple hardware, legally and reliably. I am not holding my breath, but it would be great if Apple gave in and started licensing the OS to other vendors.

    I love OSX, but I don’t like Apple hardware. I find it too expensive, especially when compared to other PC vendors. While I agree Apple hardware looks a lot nicer, I am not willing to pay the hundreds of extra dollars for a nicer look 🙂

  2. rkassissieh says:

    I read a report today that Jobs won’t consider licensing its OS to other manufacturers anytime soon, though Dell indicated it could be willing. Microsoft also states (tongue-in-cheek, perhaps) that Apple could certify its hardware for Microsoft compatibility.

    In contrast to the report I quoted above about VirtualPC running faster on Intel, a blogger I read recently reported that a Microsoft rep at MacWorld thought it would be difficult to reengineer VirtualPC for the new chip set.

    The only thing for certain is that Intel inside is going to spawn a lot of speculation and perhaps shift the landscape a little.

  3. Mike says:

    Seeing as how Stevie Jobs just smacked down Michael Dell with his company-wide email stating AAPL’s lead over Dell, I just can’t help feeling that Steve is making a lot of enemies, rather than friends (which he needs a lot of atm). If Jobs would license its OS out to PC manufacturers, I believe that would give them a greater foothold in the industry, thus entrenching themselves even more in the Windows vs. OS X battle with more users.

    Also, I’ve read in several places that the overpriced Apple hardware markup gap is narrowing. This is sort-of good news for people that want to use both mac and windows machines. I just really really really want to dual-boot OSX and Windows on my laptop already!

    And btw, http://www.openosx.com/wint… the program this link goes to claims to run Windows at "nearly native" speeds…I won’t believe it ’till i see it!

  4. rkassissieh says:

    Hi, Mike. Well, there’s no better way to start a rant-fest than to resurrect the platform wars.