Windows, the next Apple core?
Microsoft, however, said it would have no problem granting a Windows licence to Apple, in exactly the same way it currently provides licences to Dell and HP.
'Just like all Microsoft's OEMs, Apple can build industry-standard hardware that's compatible with Windows; Microsoft has an open specification and a process for certifying the hardware,' said a Microsoft spokesman. 'Microsoft would support Apple the same way it supports every other PC manufacturer.'
However, running Mac OS X on a significantly cheaper PC remains an elusive dream, because Apple 'will not allow Mac OS X to be run on anything other than an Apple Mac', said the company's senior vice president Phil Schiller.
Nevertheless, it seems certain that hackers will work out a way of doing exactly this, although it won't be easy since Apple's Intel-based Macs use extensible firmware interface (EFI), whereas Microsoft's Windows XP relies on BIOS, and the two aren't natively interoperable. PC Pro: News: Analysis: Windows, the next Apple core?
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