Windows on Mac??

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Windows on Mac??

We should all know apple are going to use intel processors for their new macs but do you think that Microsoft Could more easily create a Windows Operating System for the mac because they are going to use intel X86 chips.

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EW.

No, as in, no, they wouldn't. VirtualPC does the job fine on new fast Macs, but native Windows on Apple hardware would be pointless.

EDIT: And... uhh... they're not PCs just because they have some type of Intel processor. Biiiig difference.

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yes

there have been pictures around of the developer intel mac running windows xp, in 800x600 on a 23" screen, so it is possible and wouldn't require much effort.

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I don't think so

there have been pictures around of the developer intel mac running windows xp, in 800x600 on a 23" screen, so it is possible and wouldn't require much effort.

yet again, that could have been bogus. It's quite easy to get windows xp running on a 23" screen at 800x600 res with VIRTUAL PC. Or even the person who took the photos could have just hook the apple display to an PC.

I still haven't seen any definitive evidence to prove that it is possible to run xp nativley on an MacTel.

Prove me wrong... Prove me wrong...

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...or yes.

This has already been posted here, and is from the WWDC transcripts:

"After Jobs' presentation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. "That doesn't preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will," he said. "We won't do anything to preclude that."
However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers' hardware. "We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac."

So, that's straight from Apple that the potential to run Windows on a Mactel exists. That's not proof, but such a beast does not exist in this industry at the Product Announcement stage.

Personally, due to price/performance/gaming issues, I hadn't intended to buy another Mac, with the possible exception of a Mini somewhere down the road. But now I'd rather get a Mactel if it could dual-boot OS X and Win2K or XP natively, instead of another wintel box.

I've been upgrading and maintaining a primary PC and Mac for years now, and the long-term savings of maintaining just one machine that would run both platforms would quickly offset the higher price that Macs command.

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