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No Vista on Mac horizon March 10, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Software reviews.
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Apples senior engineer said there is no chance in heaven or hell that the new Intel based Macs will boot Windows Vista. Citing the differences in bootup and that EFI will be in Windows Vista, EFI will only be in the 64-Bit version of Windows Vista. And since all Intel Macs are 32 bit, its a no go. He even went as far as to say Windows is a legacy OS and Apple doesnt offer legacy support. Microsoft reportedly told a group at IDF that it does not plan to support EFI in Windows Vista.

My take, Apple is cutting their own throat. They could sell more boxes by offering the option of dual booting should customers need to do so. Apple has to be able to justify the cost of the Mac. They can no longer say “Its the chip stupid!!!” and with their security record getting tarnished week by week, that argument is falling apart as well. Microsoft also is not doing itself any favors by not supporting EFI, for every Intel Mac they get Windows Vista onto thats more revenue and customers have been very receptive that thats what they want to do. Have a machine that they can boot both OS X and Windows Vista that way they dont have to buy a Mac and a Dell. My only question, do Apple and Microsoft have a super secret agreement to keep Windows Vista off the Mac?

UPDATE: Here is Microsofts official {cough}copout{/cough} I mean statement

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1. Anonymous - March 10, 2006

It would seem like they have some kind of agreement. Its a shame really that neither company is listening to their customers.

2. Anonymous - March 10, 2006

“And since all Intel Macs are 32 bit, its a no go. He even went as far as to say Windows is a legacy OS and Apple doesnt offer legacy support”

They have a point there, Windows Vista is a legacy OS. It’s not even out and it’s already obsolete.

Poor macrosoft.


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