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Apple eyes Microsoft at WinHEC

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed May 24, 2006

Apple attends WinHEC

Apple has apparently made an unexpected appearance at Microsoft's WinHEC hardware engineering conference. CNET reports that four Apple employees are attending the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle this week to check out what Microsoft is up to: "I am attending WinHEC to keep tabs on what is happening in the industry and what Microsoft is looking to do over the next year," David Harrington, manager of the hardware technology group in Apple's worldwide developer relations department to CNET; however, he declined to make any further comment, citing Apple's public relations policy. "WinHEC is meant for companies that develop hardware to work with or run Microsoft's Windows operating system, according to the report. "Apple is flirting with that with its trial release in April of Boot Camp, which is software that enables Windows XP to run on Intel-based Macs. However, an Apple representative last week reiterated to CNET that the company has no plans to ship Windows on any of its systems."

by MacNN Staff





  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hope they are all wearing solid white shirts with a big rainbow hued Apple on the back!

  1. maclawdude



    Back to the Future

    I'm sure there's a feeling of deja vu among the Apple engineers at the conference. They probably wonder why OS X 10.4 is still in early development.

    Oh wait, that's just Microsoft being "innovative".

    Seriously, I can't wait until 10.5 comes out and leaves Windows in its dust (again).

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no plans to ship Windows

    No plans as of yet, i'm sure Apple will ship Windows if its a requirement for a huge government contract.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: no plans

    No plans as of yet, i'm sure Apple will ship Windows if its a requirement for a huge government contract.

    A huge gov't contract wouldn't require windows installed, per se. They'd probably either wouldn't care, because they'll install windows themselves, or want Apple to image the disks as the contract requires (with not just windows, but all the other software they need, like MS Office/Outlook, Project, and whatever else these people want).

    Of course, if its a huge gov't contract, I doubt they'll give the users to dual-boot, so if they're installing windows, there ain't going to be a mac OS on there.

  1. asphaltjesus




    Let's see, there's boot camp and itunes for win32 from apple.

    Wait just one minute! Windows Engineers attending what is purported to be(?) the best event for Windows developers?

    Stop the presses!

    Slow news day...

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: News?

    I agree. Boot Camp, iTunes, AND Quicktime. Why shouldn't Apple have developers at a Windows conference?

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