You can run Windows on the MacBook Pro!

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In a report entitled “Microsoft, Apple Sign 5-Year Software Pact“, Associated Press revealed that Microsoft signed a five year pact with Apple (no money involved) to confirm the company’s commitment of their Office applications on the Mac Intel platform. Within this article was a very enlightening tidbit for us Mac folks interested on getting an Intel-based Mac. Here are the relevant excerpts:

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.”

The switch could technically and theoretically allow a person to load Windows onto a Mac computer, although the user would require some technical expertise to pull it off. That would allow a person to run both Microsoft and Apple’s operating systems on the same Apple machine.

It was news Microsoft Corporation welcomed.

Now that’s possibly the best feature of the new Macs not mentioned by Apple! Though unlikely to ever happen, imagine if Apple marketed their MacBook Pro as Mac and Windows compatible, sales of these machines would skyrocket! Once we figure out how to setup dual-booting, that’ll be a strong motivation for more people to try a Mac. What else do you think we can gain from this?

UPDATE: Thanks to comments from readers, it seems that the new Intel Macs use Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) rather than a traditional BIOS. Bottomline is that Windows XP doesn’t support that while the new Windows Vista does. Engadget has the scoop…

8 thoughts on “You can run Windows on the MacBook Pro!

  1. The switch from using BIOS in the developer machines to EFI in the released machines will make it far harder to use Windows on the Mactels: only 64-bit Windows currently can use EFI natively (although certain EFI chip manufacturers have put in compatibility layers that aren’t in the EFI spec to enable Windows 98 and other OSes to run). Vista will support EFI natively though.

  2. Or there could be a possible backlash.

    Let’s say I love the design of the Apple Powerbook, but I’m not very used to the operating system. So, I can turn it into a complete Windows laptop.

    Unless you’re a hardcore Mac fan, you’ll never reach that stage/

  3. EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) was rolled out by intel after windows XP (current 32bit version users might not be able to load it). Windows xp 64bit version support EFI however the new macs are 32 bit. You could try loading the betas of Vista now on your new toy if you had ordered one of the news macs as vista support EFI.

  4. i am not sure if i would actually go through the trouble of all that. i am not a very techonologically inclined person. while i do love both systems, as both have their pros and cons and of course i am very used to windows system itself, i bought a mac for the mac lifestyle.

    that meant everything from the system itself and trying to get used to it and so on. true, i will probably never experience the technicalities that computer people discuss about, being a general user, but i loved it as long as i had it.

    my 2 cents anyways ­čÖé

  5. What about running VMWare on the MacBook Pro? Theoretically VMWare (now owned by EMC) did not support non-i386 hardware, but now that this is changed…. Also, VirtualPC if rewritten for the Intel, should be running at amasingly faster speeds too compered to what it was up to now. ISn’t this even better than having to (dual)-ReBoot ?

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