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Can you run that Windows program on a Mac? April 21, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Mac, Management, Technology, Windows/Microsoft.

Yesterday, Brock from Ichthus stopped by my office for a short visit. He used to work in my department, years ago. Anyway, he asked me if I thought it would ever be possible to run regular Windows applications on an Intel Macintosh computer running Mac OS X. My rather quick and confident response was, "No, don't wait for that to happen any time soon." Then, I proceeded to tell him various technical and legal reasons it couldn't and wouldn't happen.

It's amazing the difference a day makes.

Today, one of my I.T. colleagues sent an e-mail message to the department with this link to an article that talks about how Apple could in fact come out with a Windows API and run native Windows programs on a regular Intel Mac without running the Windows XP operating system. It looks like I was more than a little off target in my response to Brock's question. Oh, well! I can't always be right.

Can you imagine? Buying an Intel based Apple iMac and indiscriminately installing Windows games and Mac applications, running them side-by-side in the same (Mac OS X) operating system? You would never have Windows XP security vulnerabilities or errors. That, is something I would pay to see!



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