Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 16th Dec 2008 07:02 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Apple Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with a browsing capability that handles a large number of photos on a mobile device screen. The Seadragon mobile application is free through Apple's application store. It a product of Microsoft's Live Labs division, which focuses on developing Web-based technology and applications. Seadragon incorporates the Deep Zoom feature, which is also integrated into Silverlight 2, Microsoft's multimedia tool. It allows a user to quickly magnify a particular area of a photo, regardless of its size.
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RE: And Apple Allowed it!?!?
by Laurence on Tue 16th Dec 2008 11:10 UTC in reply to "And Apple Allowed it!?!?"
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Apple is alive today because of a pact with Microsoft - Apple doesn't allow their software to run on normal x86 computers, and Microsoft allows them to live

Safari? iTunes? Quicktime? TrueType?

Or how about their non-windows software that runs in "normal" x86 computers (CUPS for example)?

And that's just off the top of my head.

Edited 2008-12-16 11:13 UTC

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wanderingk88 Member since:

TrueType is a font , not software.

I'm sorry, I don't like Apple either, but that comment's just idiotic.

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google_ninja Member since:

It's hard to decide which line makes the least sense

Safari was not made by Apple. It's there rebranding and derivative of khtml.

KHTML is a rendering engine. Webkit was based on khtml, but hasn't been that similar for years (read the khtml lists, the apple patches are useless do to how different the projects are now). Safari is a browser with the webkit rendering engine.

There is a relationship between khtml and safari, but it is pretty tenuous at this point.

iTune was ported to windows only and this in a deal with HP , Dell , and others to push the iPod's , they would not take them if they did not made the iTune available.

Where does HP, Dell, and others factor into anything? Apple wanted to sell their software to more then 10% of people with computers, its that simple.

Quicktime is also not from Apple. It was made available to windows to push adoption of the quicktime format by camera makers.

So apple porting something to windows in order to increase its adoption makes it not apples anymore? how does that work?

TrueType is a font , not software.

TrueType is a technology, not a font

CUPS was not made by Apple either and is a UNIX printing protocol under the GPL.

Apple owns CUPS

If you buy something, it is yours.

How many of those Apple derivative run on BSD ? How Many on GNU/Linux ? How many on BEos ? How many on OS/2 ? How many on OpenSolaris ? etc ...

Who cares? You were responding to someone questioning the statement Apple doesn't allow their software to run on normal x86 computer

I think I have you figured out. You aren't a dumb guy or anything, you just have these blinding hatreds of various technology groups. As long as your comment is not touching on any of them, it tends to be well reasoned (sometimes even insightful) As soon as it touches on one of these groups you cant stand (BSD/Apple/Microsoft), all reason and rationality go out the window.

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pantheraleo Member since:

But keep in mind the Achilles Heel is Microsoft Office. If Microsoft drops Office for Mac, Apple dies in the enterprise. The existence of Office for Mac is the ONLY reason we even allow Macs as an option on our enterprise network. Without Office for Mac, compatibility would just be too much of a problem. No shared Exchange calendars, no appointment and meeting scheduling, etc.

So yes, in many ways Apple is very dependent on Microsoft for survival at least when they want to play in the big leagues.

Edited 2008-12-16 17:55 UTC

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dragossh Member since:

First Safari, then iWork, now Exchange.

Don't forget that they are implementing Exchange support in Snow Leopard. I think in 3 years from now, Apple will become independent of MS.

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