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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 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?

RE: Microsoft...
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]

RE: Microsoft...
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.

RE: Microsoft...
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.

RE: Microsoft...
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.

RE: Microsoft...
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.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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