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Might MS make an effort to prevent Windows on Macs?

by sup909 / April 8, 2006 2:37 PM PDT

There seems to be a lot of hoop-la this week about Windows on Macs now. I have read a lot of people thinking OSX might be able to boot on PC's or that Apple will do everything they can to prevent OSX on PC's.

No one seems to be discussing what Microsoft seems to think of this whole deal. By concensus, it seems that the move by Apple is to try to get more people using its OS and machines by exposing Windows users. To me this seems like something Microsoft would not want. Anyone think that Microsoft might try to prevent the Windows (particularly Vista) from being installed on Macs?

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From my view,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 9:42 PM PDT

I attend too many seminars on Embedded Windows and Microsoft is always trying to find new non-PC platforms to get windows into. Without explaining further, there is no sign that Microsoft wants to limit what hardware it can be run on.


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My view
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 11:50 PM PDT
In reply to: From my view,

You should also remember that MS are a software company and make money off the number of copies sold, regardless of what platform it runs on.
Apple, on the other hand, is both a Hardware and Software company. Primarily hardware, their aim is to sell as much machinery as possible, using the OS as the lever. Witness the iPod (machinery) and iTunes (software lever). The aim of iTunes is to sell iPods, regardless of the platform it runs on.
Allowing OS X to run on any old beige box reduces Apples profitability and this is why they will do their utmost to prevent OS X from running on any machine that they did not build.


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Does'nt that also...
by Rob10 / April 9, 2006 12:00 AM PDT
In reply to: My view

prevent Apple from getting much more share in the whole computer market? Look at the lopsided number of people who use Windows vs Macs. And I'm sure all the Windows people aren't using it because they think it's a better OS. Bill gates is a very rich guy because he created a monopoly which he ruthlessly wields, but also because he sells tons of copies of Windows. I wonder how the overall profit margins would work out if Apple sold more copies of it's OS to anyone and made less per unit vs the margins they make with the combined OS/Mac hardware package and fewer units sold.

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Well discussed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2006 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Does'nt that also...

You've repeated many discussions but omit one issue.

We have choices in Mac, Linux, SUN and more so to call it ruthless is not clear in my view since we still have other choices.


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If business is war
by simoncroft / April 9, 2006 2:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Well discussed.

'Ruthless' is something of a loaded word. However, if we believe the marketing gurus and accept the idea that 'business is war', we would have to concede that Microsoft must have some blindingly good generals to have won so much territory. This is especially so when it's technology is often unreliable and not particularly innovative.

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