The hour-long session was attended by Apple chairman Gilbert Amelio; Steven Jobs, Apple's cofounder and head of Next, recently bought by Apple; and Ellen Hancock, Apple's chief technology officer. The meeting took place about two weeks ago.
One item of discussion was the possibility of Apple's licensing Windows NT, Microsoft's industrial-strength operating system for the corporate market, sources told the Times. No further details on the topic were disclosed.
Such a move, however, would appear contrary to the strategy behind merging with Next, which was designed to give Apple a server operating system that would allow it to compete with Windows NT.
Company executives told the Times that Apple is considering making a line of machines that run on Intel microprocessors. Apple computers now run on microprocessors made by Motorola.