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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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RE: Microsoft...
By reader1 on 10/23/2009 8:11:24 AM , Rating: -1
Microsoft should drop Office altogether. It's a pile of crap. You could use Office to teach computer science majors what feature creep is.


RE: Microsoft...
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.


RE: Microsoft...
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.


RE: Microsoft...
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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