Apple and Microsoft: Buddies Again?

By Deane Barker on January 11, 2006

Microsoft, Apple Sign 5-Year Software Pact: Some interesting news out of MacWorld.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in an interview Tuesday that the company won’t sell or support Windows itself, but also hasn’t done anything to preclude people from loading Windows onto the machines themselves.

“That’s fine with us. We don’t mind,” Schiller said. “If there are people who love our hardware but are forced to put up with a Windows world, then that’s OK.”

Nice slam at the end there. Dovetails nicely into this announcement:

Microsoft also said it had signed a five-year pact with Apple to develop versions of Office for Macs and announced plans to release a version of Office that will be compatible with Apple’s new Intel-based computers.

Joe is now going to get a MacBook Pro and triple boot it to Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows.



  1. Actually, this brings up something I’ve been struggling with for a while — the desire for all the goodness that comes with a Mac, but the necessity to “put up with a Windows world” for my day job stuff. Aside from programming in Visual Studio, there’s not much else that I wouldn’t rather be doing on a Mac. However, I’m a Mac newbie and was not sure what my options were. I had not really thought about dual (or tri, quad, etc.) booting. Are there any other options? Is that type of boot configuration easy to setup with the new Macs? Joe, you should throw NeXT on there while you’re at it.

  2. Actually, further reading reveals that the new Intel Macs use EFI in place of BIOS, and thus will not run Windows or current x86 Linux distros out of the box.

    If noone makes up a clever hack, Windows won’t support EFI until Vista releases. I fully expect most Linux distros to have a way to boot within the first month or two after the first machines ship. (I won’t be suprised to see a clever method for Windows XP, either).

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