Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Apr 2006 16:33 UTC, submitted by Dylan
Apple Microsoft has responded positively to Apple's Boot Camp, stating: "Windows is a great operating system. We're pleased that Apple customers are excited about running it, and that Apple is responding to meet the demand." Apple, in the meantime, stated that Apple will never sell Macs with Windows pre-installed, while VoodooPC's CTO wonders what Boot Camp's implications might be. And on a related note, VMWare's CEO confirmed that they are working on a version for Mac OS X on Intel. Update: According to AppleInsider, Apple will rename its iBook line to MacBook, and launch them near the end of this month. The MacBook will sport Core-Duo processors, 13" widescreen, built-in iSight, and Front Row/remote.
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A big plan
by Abdullah on Sat 8th Apr 2006 17:47 UTC
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What do you think about this (speculative) long-term, 5 year plan:

Step 1: Now. Boot camp allows windows to boot on Macs

Step 2: Mac OS 10.5 Previewed August, released December. Virtualisation allows users to switch between the two operating systems without rebooting.

Step 3: In 1 year. Release of Yellow Box allows Windows developers to write Objective C code and write one application that runs on Windows and Mac OS.

Step 4: In 2 years. Apple has secretly been working on Wine for the past 2 years and announce that you can run Windows apps on Mac OS without a copy of XP/Vista.

Step 5: In 3 years. Apple licences OS X 10.6 to general PC makers. It runs Mac apps and Windows apps simultaneously, in the same way that current OS9 apps and OS X apps can run together.

Step 6: Microsoft can't cancel Office for Mac because theu have a 5 year agreement with Apple.

Step 7: 4 years from now. Apple releases it's Office suite.

Completely speculative, guesswork, but fun. Apple certainly has a long-term undercover strategy. Just look how they were developing a x86 version of OS X for 5 years and were just waiting for the right time to switch over and release it. I think the ultimate target of Apple is to topple Microsoft and I definately think that they will license their OS in a few years from now.

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RE: A big plan
by sp29 on Sat 8th Apr 2006 18:23 in reply to "A big plan"
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Yeah that would be something like Apple to do. They seem to always have something facinating and cool up their sleeve that really works.

It will be very interesting to see how this will play out, because after having a iPod their is a whole new generation that has only known a iPod with a Apple logo on it.

Fun times!

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RE: A big plan
by hobgoblin on Sat 8th Apr 2006 20:46 in reply to "A big plan"
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another option is that people run either a native or the windows version of openoffice ;)

still, most likely apple will base the file format for their own office suite on th openoffice formats...

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RE: A big plan
by ApproachingZero on Sun 9th Apr 2006 01:27 in reply to "A big plan"
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Step 6: Microsoft can't cancel Office for Mac because theu have a 5 year agreement with Apple.

Just because Microsoft have an agreement to develop Office for Mac for 5 years doesn't mean they have to release anything in that time. They can simply drag their feet for years if they want to. Look at Vista. Back in 2001, they knew they didn't have anything coming down the pipeline for the next few years, so what did they do to protect their revenue stream? They convinced large companies (mine included) to sign Enterprise Agreements, which were annual subscriptions which grant you the right to upgrade to the latest versions as soon as they are released.

The IT guys in my company thought, "wow what a great deal, let's do that it'll save so much money." What have we gotten for the MILLIONS that we pay to Microsoft annually since we signed up for the EA in 2002? ONE new version of Office. That's it. No new versions of Windows or anything else we use. Yet we pay subscription money each and every year that equals far, far more than we would pay each year if we simply bought Windows and Office licenses with each new PC we leased. What a scam. Brillian on Microsoft's part, they get paid millions a year from my compay for NOTHING, but I wouldn't be surprised if they become the target of some lawsuits from angry Fortune 500 customers in the near future.

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RE: A big plan
by Botty on Sun 9th Apr 2006 01:42 in reply to "A big plan"
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Sounds realistic.

An apple office suite would be cool.

Openoffice is very nice for the price, but it essentially copies ms office. Off the top of my head i can think of better designs, visualize them. From this point of view it seems relativly easy to make a good office suite, but i know the amount of code involved is enourmous. I blame this on programming languages and API, but it would probably still take a ton even with insanely good not-yet-invented languages and an intuitive API.

LOP would probably work very well for office suites, but it adds the overhead of custom language extension. Under a good LOP framework this would probably not be much. The real problem is you can't change it too much once you get underway.

Ahwell, anyway, I can imagine an apple office suite being full featured with simplistic UI.

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