Windows API on Mac is coming soon - watch it!
Why is Microsoft dropping out of the Virtual PC for Mac market? Is it becaise they'll make more money selling XP, then Vista for Mac users? Or is it because Apple is getting ready to release the Mac that runs Windows apps - without Windows? Watch out folks here it comes ...
BTW, Red Hat's attempt to catch-up and match Novell's desktop SLED OS won't mean anything unless either company can SELL SELL SELL it to the OEM's and the consumers.
Apple CAN put the final nail in Vista and scare the hell out of Microsoft
There are two ways Apple can bury Microsoft this spring (oh, just in time for Vista and Leopard releases).
1.)Lower the price on MacMinis even more for a limited time and farm out the manufacturing process to meet any potential demand. (forgeddaboudit)
2.)Drop the API bomb. Have all forthcoming Macs able to run XP applications.
Also: sell for a limited time Leopard OS for USD99 for Wintel boxes. Limited time deal for consumers: Purchase " Leopard-friendly" graphics and video cards for Wintels and get Leopard for Wintels at half price.
OEM deal with one Wintel mfg, either Lenovo, Dell or HP to sell Leopard pre-installed.
If this even eats at only twenty percent of Vista's percieved market share, this will either make Microsoft re-asses itself seriously, re-organize, trim off the fat and become a leaner , meaner business or start the long long long long long downward spiral like old AT&T.
Lenovo found sanity! A major OEM finally giving a real desktop Linux a break - on their laptops - sounds like the strategy I foresaw (and really really hoped) that Novell would take is being implemented. I previously prognosticated about Google and Yahoo pressuring or negotioating with OEMs about including their desktop search software in their boxes and laptops and that recently happened, too. I am not a mystic seer, it just makes sense to offer an alternative to Joe and Jane consumer besides Microsoft.
The gang in Redmond is making so many mistakes, it's no longer laughable. Challenging hackers to break Vista? Trying to put Symantec, et alia, outta business so users will look to only Microsoft for software security? Are they really kidding? Windows Live is awful to use, as is MSN Search, I'm just about ready to abandon Hotmail after eight years. So many people are going to abandon Microsoft because it is trying so hard to be a one stop entertainmaint, home, education and business productivity provider. Unless it changes it's culture and streamlines itself dramatically, it's going to the way of the old AT&T, a long slow painful death ( the new AT&T is SBC Communications, remember, they just bought the old parts and are starting to repeat the mistakes of the old AT&T, here we go again, except the end will come a helluva lot quicker)