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Apple mocks the history of Windows in its latest ads, comparing Windows 7 to such flops as Windows ME.  (Source: Apple)

However, Apple can't seem to resist Microsoft's quality software -- it announced today that it will be offering Boot Camp support for Windows 7 by the end of the year.  (Source: Gizmodo)
As much as Apple pretends not to love Microsoft, it can't seem to stop supporting it

Apple delivered its launch day anti-Windows 7 ads as promised.  The new ads poke fun at Microsoft's history, comparing Windows 7 to past unpopular Windows OS's that were initially lauded.  The new ad flashes back to a younger Vista era PC saying that Vista would have the problems of past Windows... and a Windows ME PC...  and a Windows 2.0 PC.  The new commercials were one of the few downers for Microsoft on a day that was filled with excitement.  

But try as hard as it wants, Apple just can't seem to bring itself to truly rain on Windows 7's launch party.  Truth be told, though Apple will never admit it, its very good friends with Microsoft.  After all, Microsoft offers one of the most popular pieces of software for Macs -- Microsoft Office for Mac.

And for the last three years two of the most popular operating systems on a Mac besides OS X were Windows XP and Windows Vista.  Apple may pretend that Windows is buggy and worthy of scorn, but when it comes down to it, the allure of the productive, functional OS is too much to resist and too much to deny its customers.

Apple even showed Microsoft a bit of love on Windows 7 launch day.  Responding to a deluge of comments from Apple MacBook owners pleading for official Windows 7 Boot Camp support, Apple revealed that it will be adding support for the new OS before the end of the year.

Granted, it won't be adding support for all Macs.  Certain older iMacs and MacBooks Pro from 2006 won't be allowed to use Windows 7.  Its unclear why, considering these computers have Intel processors and in theory could have specs more than capable of running the new OS.

Mac owners looking to get their Windows 7 groove on can probably it already, following the directions posted here.  

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By BigToque on 10/23/2009 1:26:36 AM , Rating: -1
Microsoft should drop support for Office on Mac.

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By KoolAidMan1 on 10/23/2009 2:15:59 AM , Rating: 5
Microsoft has been making productivity software for Apple longer than they've been making their own operating systems. That and Office on the Mac sells quite well. It would be the breaking of a very long history of Mac development and a fair loss of revenue just to "stick it to em".

Its business, all that matters is revenue, and so long as Office or any of their other OS X software is profitable I don't see why they would stop developing it.

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By ashtonmartin on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
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By phatboye on 10/23/2009 3:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
I thought MS made Office for Mac as part of their Anti-trust settlement.

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By jonmcc33 on 10/23/2009 12:54:05 PM , Rating: 1

Microsoft Office was introduced by Microsoft in 1989 for Mac OS, with a version for Windows in 1990.

Available for Mac OS before it was even available for Windows. What did you say again?

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By ashtonmartin on 10/23/2009 1:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
You can read up about Apple v. Microsoft.,_Inc._...

In 1997, five years after the lawsuit was decided, all lingering infringement questions against Microsoft regarding the Lisa and Macintosh GUI as well as Apple's "QuickTime piracy" lawsuit against Microsoft were settled in direct negotiations. Apple agreed to make Internet Explorer their default browser, to the detriment of Netscape. Microsoft agreed to continue developing Microsoft Office and other software for the Mac over the next five years. Microsoft also purchased $150 million of non-voting Apple stock, helping Apple in its financial struggles at the time. Both parties entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement.[5][6]

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By Alexstarfire on 10/23/2009 1:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
That 5 year agreement ended 7 years ago. BTW, I don't recall Mac OS ever having IE as the default browser, and we've had pretty much every version since like Mac OS 6.

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By gstrickler on 10/23/2009 2:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
Mac OS did ship with IE as the default browser for a several years, from Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 10.2.x. For those years, IE was the fastest, most stable, and most compatible browser on the Mac. That ended when Safari 1.x and Firefox 1.x shipped. IE for the Mac hasn't been updated in over 6 years. It still works (or at least it did in Mac OS X 10.4, haven't tried it with 10.5), but it's terribly outdated and almost no one uses it anymore.

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By Alexstarfire on 10/23/2009 2:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'd swear that I remember Netscape still being on the computer though. Perhaps my dad went and downloaded it. I wasn't that old back then so it's not like I could just use the computer as I pleased like I can now.

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By gstrickler on 10/23/2009 3:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
I remember Netscape on the Mac also, don't remember if it shipped on them or if I had to download it. Mostly what I remember about it is that I used it because I didn't want to use "another MS product". However, after one session in which Netscape crashed on me 6 times in about 90 minutes, I finally tried IE (3.x at the time I think), it was so much faster and more stable that I never went back to Netscape. I tried Netscape a few times as they released updates, and I kept a copy handy in case something didn't render correctly in IE, but I always used IE first until Firefox 1.x shipped. More recently, I've switched to Safari 4 on the Mac, still use Firefox 3.5.x on Windows. I have Safari, Firefox, Opera, IE, and Chrome installed (on both platforms), but I primarily use Safari on the Mac and Firefox on Windows.

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By Griswold on 10/23/2009 5:53:33 AM , Rating: 2
As tempting it may be, that would be the Steve Jobs way of doing things. If it generates money for MS, why ditch it? Its actually a slap in the face of apple - the best office suite on that platform comes from their arch-rival.

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By Denigrate on 10/23/2009 9:20:33 AM , Rating: 2
So is Monaco a rival of France? No, and Apple is not a true rival of Microsoft. A US based example would be are the Royals a rival of the Yankees? Royals were once a major power in MLB, but no longer.

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By mcnabney on 10/25/2009 12:40:24 AM , Rating: 2
The Royals get kicked around enough as it is.

Do you have to piss on them in the middle of an Operating System discussion?

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By reader1 on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
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By JimmyJimmington on 10/23/2009 10:30:20 AM , Rating: 1
Some people need to do real work. That means using track changes and having foreign language support that isn't utter crap. MS Office wins.

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By jonmcc33 on 10/23/2009 12:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
That pile of crap helps drive 80% of the corporate world into making billions upon billions of dollars, giving us all jobs.

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By Akrovah on 10/23/2009 5:01:37 PM , Rating: 1
You would not believe the kinds of things we have beena ble to make Office programs do for us because of your much reviled "feature-creep."

Really, what is wrong with software being more capable? Because it makes it more complex? Boo-Hoo. Then just use the simple basic features, they are perfectly easily accessable, and leave the grown up stuff alone.

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