Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 10th Mar 2006 01:16 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows Microsoft revealed today that it will not support EFI booting for Windows Vista on its launch. The news will be a shock for owners of Intel Macs who had hoped they would be able to dual-boot between Windows Vista and OS X. Intel Macs only support booting via EFI.
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Curious - what about Itanium??
by Brendan on Fri 10th Mar 2006 04:00 UTC
Brendan
Member since:
2005-11-16

AFAIK, all Itanium based computers boot with EFI.

Microsoft has a version of Windows XP for the Itanium - I assume it wouldn't be too hard for them to merge their EFI support from this version into an 80x86 OS.

OS X is (AFAIK) mostly portable code, and could probably be ported to Itanium very easily.

Can we have some conspiracy theories based on this please?

I'll start - what if Microsoft, Apple and Intel secretly agreed to shift the IT industry from 80x86 to Itanium in the next 5 years? Microsoft would gain (no need to worry about legacy hardware or figuring out how to convince people to buy Vista's successor), Intel would gain (no need to worry about AMD), and MS/Intel could make it sound good to Apple by offering continued software for OS X (MS Office, etc) and discounted hardware (to make it easier for Apple to compete with white box suppliers).

Actually this make sense - mutual benefits for the companies involved, and the consumers are forced into upgrading (more benefits for the companies involved). It'd be $$$ for all.

Sorry - couldn't help myself... :-)

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DevL Member since:
2005-07-06

"Can we have some conspiracy theories based on this please?"

Sure. :-)

"I'll start - what if Microsoft, Apple and Intel secretly agreed to shift the IT industry from 80x86 to Itanium in the next 5 years?"

Here's another (more fact than theory though): any company agreeing on anything with Microsoft is doomed. The evil empire will embrace, extend and extinguish as has been proven time and again.

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

what if Microsoft, Apple and Intel secretly agreed to shift the IT industry from 80x86 to Itanium in the next 5 years? Microsoft would gain (no need to worry about legacy hardware or figuring out how to convince people to buy Vista's successor), Intel would gain (no need to worry about AMD), and MS/Intel could make it sound good to Apple by offering continued software for OS X (MS Office, etc) and discounted hardware (to make it easier for Apple to compete with white box suppliers).

The problem with your theory is that MS dropped IA64 client support and only supports IA64 on the server (and not all Server SKUs at that), and they support, and are moving almost exclusively to x64 client and server products.

They are also supporting UEFI on x64, just not x86. I'm guessing a lack of UEFI hardware from vendors other than Intel currently is one reason why they are not supporting it at RTM for the client.

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