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…