So instead of being another blog post explaining it what it is, I am going to write about how it might affect Apple and Microsoft. On an old blog post I made a couple of years ago, I wished that Apple made PC’s that ran Windows (see, I wasn’t ready to switch just then) because the hardware was great quality and as it says when you open any Apple product box, it is designed rather than not. So I guess I finally got my wish, but it is the best of both worlds because I don’t have to choose one or the other operating system.
There is no doubt in my mind that this will be really good for Apple. Will it kill OS X? Hell No. If there is one thing I have learned about the Mac community over the last days and weeks, it is that you (we?) are passionate about the hardware but passionate bordering on fanatical about the software! Will it sell more Intel Mac’s? Hell Yes.
Will more people switch from Windows because of this? Sure. Will it be the end of Windows? Hell No. My prediction is that the worst of it for Microsoft will be that those who were considering a switch will make the plunge and buy some Apple hardware, but we know that Microsoft are not afraid of people running Windows on anything they can get it running on. However the majority of those people will still need an XP/Vista license and don’t forget that the hardware isn’t cheap and so if and when it does happen, it will happen gradually.
What I also think is really interesting about this is that Apple must have been working on this for a significant portion of the time that the OnMac competition was happening. I am not suggesting they helped because that would be conspiracy central and I don’t go there :) But they must have been working on it in parallel.
It’s certainly an interesting development and a positive move for Apple.