updated 09:20 am EST, Fri March 10, 2006
Vista won\'t support EFI
Apple yesterday confirmed that its new Intel-based Macs are unlikely to offer support for Windows Vista. At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Apple's senior software architect Cameron Esfahani explained that the new EFI architecture was only supported by the 64-bit version of Windows Vista and that Apple was only using 32-bit Intel chips in its new Macs. Silicon.com reports that while EFI can support older software and hardware, Apple has not included much of the "legacy" code in its EFI implementation. "Windows is a legacy OS," Esfahani said, to laughter and applause from the crowd. "We don't have legacy support." EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) helps manage the startup process until the operating system can take over. In addition, the first versions of Windows Vista will not offer any support for the EFI architecture, according to APCMag.com. Users, however, have been somewhat successful in running Windows on Mac using a variety of emulators.