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Microsoft has been pretty good at throwing its formidable weight around to get key applications on Windows 8, but not surprisingly, it's finding resistance from the folks in Cupertino.
CNN Money is reporting that Microsoft has been pushing Apple for a Windows 8-native edition of iTunes, which currently only runs in traditional Desktop mode on the company's Metro-style software -- and not at all on the tablet-centric Windows RT.
"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon," laments Windows Division CFO Tami Reller. "ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying."
While Apple has grudgingly carried over iTunes, Safari, QuickTime and even iCloud to the Windows platform, the company has largely ignored Windows 8, which debuted six months ago and claims to have sold 100 million licenses during that time.
Thus far, the sole exception is a recent OS X Mountain Lion update which added Windows 8 compatibility to Boot Camp -- but that's for running Microsoft's OS on Apple's hardware, not for Apple software on Windows computers.
Windows RT owners are the ones suffering most from Apple's neglect -- they can't install iTunes at all since it requires Intel hardware, which means a traditional desktop or laptop computer or more expensive Windows Pro tablet.
However, even that is a less than ideal experience, since iTunes doesn't currently take advantage of the native Windows 8 experience, instead running as a window inside the classic Desktop view.
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