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MS contemplating WinXP on Mac support

updated 01:45 am EDT, Thu April 6, 2006

MS to support WinXP on Mac

Microsoft is still uncertain [subscription required] about whether it will provide support for running Windows XP on Macs when using Apple's Boot camp technology; however, the possibility of running Windows on a Mac may push some professional users to purchase Macs and sell their PCs. According to The Wall Street, Microsoft said it is still studying whether it will offer technical support for Windows on Macs. "There are several open questions to address before we have a final answer," says Kevin Kutz, director of Microsoft's Windows client group told the publication. The report also notes that Apple's Boot Camp requires a new copy of Windows XP, which it notes is available for suggested retail prices of $199 and $299. "It won't work to use less-costly upgrade versions or software installation disks for PCs that users already have."




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  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why would they NOT

    support it? Someone is paying MS $300 for the OS and MS is an OS-supplier company. If someone "builds" (as in assembles) their own PC or if Mom-and-Pop Computers puts together a generic PC, MS would support a purchased copy of Windows. They support Windows running under Virtual PC. But not for Apple's Intel Macs...?

    Sounds to me like MS is a bit concerned that if a Windows user has an unbiased side-by-side comparison of Windows XP versus Mac OS X on the same hardware, they will eventually migrate to Apple's option.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo...

    care to chime in with your illogic?

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    BIOS vs EFI

    I don't think it has anything to do with MS being 'afraid' of OS-X. Despite the fact you can build your own PC, MS only support specific hardware. If I built a PPC based machine and tried to run Windows on it, would they support me?

    You're in pretty much the same position with Boot Camp and third-party ways of pretending EFI is BIOS - you are not on an MS supported architecture, nor even running on something supported by the hardware vendor.

    I don't think MS have any issue at all with Macs running Windows, because it keeps the Windows ecosystem alive.

  1. afaby

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: bios vs efi

    To JulesLt:

    WIndows supports all kinds of hardware, not just specific configurations, which is part of the reason it's so unstable.

    MS gets the same amount of money for each copy of XP regardless of what kind of machine it runs on. It has a responsibility to support it's software for paying customers.

  1. Dean Krouse

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    kw99 has it wrong

    I dont think its MS being Afraid of MS at all. Its more about MS looking into and making sure that the platform, including the program Boot Camp, is a safe way to run windows. Thats all.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    a safe way

    to run Windows. That's funny. Microsoft needs to find a "safe way" to run Windows, period.

  1. lobo_digitol

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Microsoft Support??

    What! Yeah OK Microsoft support is even a CONCEPT!??? That's news to me, I mean Cmon Seriously, when you have an issue with WIN XP DO YOU FREAKIN CALL MS?? h*** NO YOU DON'T It's not like your going to get Bill Gates Help Hotline for americas billion dollar malfunctioning, virus torting XP machines. Thus Microsoft and support should be blasphemy in the same sentence. Have you heard this before, "Contact whatever manufacturere here" What a laugh!

  1. brainiac_7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    M$ tax evasion

    Maybe they're worried about what all the mongrels, like Dell, Acer, etc., will think. Will they be P.O.-ed that Apple doesn't have to pay the license fees to M$ that the penguin-heads are always complaining about.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yup, sell da peecee...

    ...that would be me... Next steps?

    I am thrilled to see this day & it would (will) be even better if (when) this is available in a virtualization environment so that all apps can run alongside each other - if you liked the juice the stock got yesterday just wait until this is seemless & out of beta...

  1. MacGeek50

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Boot Camp is a Beta

    Microsoft will probably supporting Windows when boot camp comes out in Leopard. Hopefully though by then some type of virtualization software will be included in the OS to run Windows in an OSX Window. The scary part of this is if venders stop making OSX software because you can run Windows. The counter part to this is if Apple lets some licensees make certain Mac models such as stripped down Macs with different feature sets or specialty computers for certain markets. Of course they would have to buy Apple logic boards and authorized parts.

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