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 Jun 26, 2007 - 09:41 AM - by Michael
* MS afraid of Apple?

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Ars has an interesting take on Microsoft's forbiddance of running Vista in a virtual machine: they're afraid of Apple.

Now imagine Apple running adverts on the TV that say: with a Mac, you can get the best of both worlds by adding Windows Vista to your Mac for $99. "Get a Mac, then add a PC for $99!"

And imagine that users don't need Boot Camp to use Vista but can legally fire up a VM at any moment. Apple and their "geniuses" would, in fact, happily help you get Vista set up in a VM so the "switch" could be that much more convenient.

All of this paints a picture in which Apple could use OEM pricing to offer Windows for its Macs at greatly reduced prices and running in a VM. The latter is absolutely crucial; telling users that they need to reboot into their Windows OS isn't nearly as sexy as, say, Coherence in Parallels. If you've never seen Coherence, it's quite amazing. You don't need to run Windows apps in a VM window of Vista. Instead, the apps appear to run in OS X itself, and the environment is (mostly) hidden away. VMWare also has similar technology, dubbed Unity.

 

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