It’s that time of the week when our thoughts stray from the work at hand to what we might do this Columbus Day weekend, but the tech industry is pushing through hump day with a variety of news items you’re sure to enjoy. Work off that post-keynote hangover by reading the latest news for Wednesday, October 5 starting… now!
In the wake of Apple’s transition to Intel chips in 2006, the longtime question “Mac or PC?” soon became “What’s the best way for me to run Windows on a Mac?” Virtualization specialists Parallels and VMware have been duking it out ever since with their respective Desktop and Fusion products, which are both capable of running Windows inside OS X without rebooting -- a key limitation of Apple’s free Boot Camp solution.
The rumor mills are heating up as September enters its second half. Next week we expect things to really get hot and the week after that'll be like living on Mercury. We've got a few of these tasty stories, mainly involving a third (possibly fourth?) carrier for the iPhone, as well as some gaming news sure to make at least one reader squee in our hottest stories of the week round up.
Microsoft would "welcome" an iTunes app from Apple for Windows 8, according to CEO Steve Ballmer. During a conference call with analysts, Ballmer hinted that companies such as Apple and Amazon, while competitors, also represent companies that deliver a lot of media content to device users, and that is attractive to Microsoft and their new touch-centric operating system.
"We’d welcome Metro style applications from Apple in the iTunes case," Ballmer said. "I don’t know what we’d see there but we’d certainly welcome those."
A lot of people have been making a lot of noise about Windows 8 of late, and with a developer's preview of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system out in the wild, we don’t reckon that the din is going to die down anytime soon. Interested in finding out if the OS is everything folks are saying and a bag of potato chips? If you’ve got a copy of Parallels on your Mac, we can show you how to get Windows 8 up and running without having to invest in a single piece of PC hardware. Let’s get started!
While Apple is making it clear that Mac OS X and iOS are separate beasts for different platforms (at least for right now), Microsoft continues its efforts to shoehorn Windows onto the tablet by simply making a new version that also works well on the desktop, with a big nod toward their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform.
There’s a reason why Apple’s computers have become the runaway success that they are today. As the saying goes, their products ‘just work’. It can be argued that the hardware’s near mythic reliability comes from a combination of Cupertino’s bullet-proof industrial design and the elegant strength of the code used to create OS X. That said, Apple’s not the only one able to crank out a nice little bit of all right. Microsoft has earned their share of pain after inflicting gems like Windows ME, Microsoft Bob and Windows Vista on unsuspecting consumers, but from the look of things, Redmond’s days of flinging flaming electronic turds on the public may be coming to an end. While it ain’t OS X, the stability seen in Windows 7 shows that Microsoft’s software engineers are willing to learn from their mistakes, and Windows Phone 7 is surprisingly pleasurable to use. In June, Microsoft officially announced the existence of a new operating system currently under development. It’s named—you guessed it—Windows 8. From what we’ve seen it’s shaping up to be a pretty slick operator, but will it be able to go blow for blow with Lion in areas the areas of feature set and functionality? Based on what we know about Windows 8 so far, let’s take a look.