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Windows API for OSX is coming

by danfromfla / April 21, 2006 11:37 AM PDT

After hearing Veronica's response: "Stop...Being...Crazy" "That's Not...Going...To happen" "Microsoft will not A-llow that to happen.", I have a few things to say.

Why do you think Microsoft has 150 Mac Minis in their Microsoft MAC Lab? Plus, they have many, many more Apple computers. Take a look for yourself, and then say "That's not going to happen" again.
http://davidweiss.blogspot.com/2006/04/tour-of-microsofts-mac-lab.html

I've been in contact with people from the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft. They take their relationship with Apple very seriously. It isn't a terribly crazy idea to think that Apple may someday license Windows technologies and integrate some of them into a future release of OSX. I know that security will be a challange though.

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(NT) (NT) The Macs are for testing their Mac software...
by Jasmes / April 21, 2006 12:32 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Yup. Like "Windows on OSX version 10.5"
by danfromfla / April 21, 2006 1:00 PM PDT
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First up. There is no one API
by Redhats Q / April 21, 2006 2:00 PM PDT

you dont just add one api.

The wine project Darwine for OSX users is a project that looks at the published specs for each API (and guesses the bulk as the specs say nothing usefull) an API (application Progamming interface .. if I recal correctly) would cover one small task in a programme. for example to access COM1 I would use an API for Com1. so to port every windows API into OS X would need a LOT of work.

TO be honest no programmer would release this in one step, and if it were as far underway as it would need to be there would be leaks ... even at apple.

Boot camp and a virtualisation engine make more sense. are do-able and dont hurt the Apple -MS partnership.

Watch for a virtualised (like parallel) cop of Virtual PC very soon, and yes it will be bundled with an OEM version of Windows Software.

Thats why Microsoft have all the hardware, so they can sell you the same software many different ways, and een better many different times.

Even dropping Darwine in there - Which would make sense is a lot of work, and still wont do all that users would expect

Running windows in a window at near native speeds however ....

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