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princealfie
Apr 5, 2006, 01:44 PM
Now that we have Bootcamp is around, will we begin to see Windows XP/Vista on the shelves of our Apple Store?

Wow, that's just freaky :eek: I know that Apple Stores sell third-party software but that's just... :mad:



calebjohnston
Apr 5, 2006, 02:18 PM
No, I very highly doubt they'll begin selling Windows XP. Boot camp is just an option for those people that need Windows too - it's a ploy to sell more macs.

Demon Hunter
Apr 5, 2006, 02:23 PM
I don't think so. That would be awkward and reviling.

PlaceofDis
Apr 5, 2006, 02:25 PM
i don't see that happening, then they might have to actually provide support for Windows, which is something that Apple wants to stay far, far, away from. Boot Camp is merely providing the tools for someone who is so inclined to install Windows without worrying about them breaking their machines and coming back crying to apple about it, and to lure in more switchers too.

~Shard~
Apr 5, 2006, 02:32 PM
Agreed. I don't see Apple Stores selling XP anytime soon. Nor Vista when it comes out.

IJ Reilly
Apr 5, 2006, 02:33 PM
I guessing they do, eventually, begin selling retail editions of Windows at Apple Stores. Remember folks, Apple is rolling the dual-boot feature into 10.5. It'd be kind of dumb for Apple to be telling their customers that they can run Windows on their Macs, but that they can't buy a copy of Windows at an Apple Store.

aquajet
Apr 5, 2006, 02:44 PM
I think Apple will eventually sell boxed copies of Windows on their shelves. Since they've gone far enough to create Boot Camp, why not take it to the next logical step and offer a copy of Windows to their customers? I think a more interesting question is: will Apple ever sell Macs with both Mac OS and Windows preinstalled?

princealfie
Apr 5, 2006, 02:49 PM
Indeed, even if they provide both options, I think that it's evident which one I will get... Leopard!:cool:

Palli
Apr 5, 2006, 02:59 PM
This is a rather awkward situation. I think that if they start to support Windows too much, they'd be acknowledging its advantage (if any) over OS X.

However, if they'd preinstall both, Macs would sell more I guess. Which is a good thing, isn't it?

GimmeSlack12
Apr 5, 2006, 03:02 PM
Absolutely not.

They have made it very clear that they will not support anything to do with Windows.

Palli
Apr 5, 2006, 03:04 PM
Absolutely not.

They have made it very clear that they will not support anything to do with Windows.

How can selling it not be supporting it?
Because I think Windows sales in Apple stores will not make huge revenues.

hyperpasta
Apr 5, 2006, 03:06 PM
Absolutely not.

They have made it very clear that they will not support anything to do with Windows.

Except running it.

They'll probably keep it behind the counter or something to avoid embarrasment.

yg17
Apr 5, 2006, 03:07 PM
However, if they'd preinstall both, Macs would sell more I guess. Which is a good thing, isn't it?

No. If they preinstall it, users would expect Apple to support it when something goes wrong.

IJ Reilly
Apr 5, 2006, 03:38 PM
No. If they preinstall it, users would expect Apple to support it when something goes wrong.

Even more importantly, if they pre-installed it, Apple would become a Microsoft OEM, and we don't want that.

2nyRiggz
Apr 5, 2006, 03:46 PM
I don't think you will see anything windows in the apple store anytime soon...bootcamp is just a fix for the windows users wanting the change....no microsoft in the apple store.


Bless

yg17
Apr 5, 2006, 03:59 PM
I don't think you will see anything windows in the apple store anytime soon


Agreed. Apple probably doesn't like selling Office and VPC in the Apple Stores but they know they have to since them and CompUSA are the only retail stores I can think of that carry it. Everyone sells Windows though, Wal-Mart and Target included, so it's not like its tough to find.

aquajet
Apr 5, 2006, 04:07 PM
Apple probably doesn't like selling Office and VPC in the Apple Stores...

Why wouldn't Apple like selling Office and VPC?

yg17
Apr 5, 2006, 04:08 PM
Why wouldn't Apple like selling Office and VPC?

They're selling their biggest competitor's products.

cwedl
Apr 5, 2006, 04:08 PM
No, I very highly doubt they'll begin selling Windows XP. Boot camp is just an option for those people that need Windows too - it's a ploy to sell more macs.

I'm sure they will! people will go into the apple store, the staff will talk about being able to run windows on there, the customer who has not knowledge will ask, do you sell windows xp, the staff won't say no, if they have been trying to sell it.

I also think that from the apple store you will be able to order a new mac with windows vista preinstalled along with mac osx.

jefhatfield
Apr 5, 2006, 04:11 PM
you can buy microsoft office for mac in the apple stores i have seen, but i don't know if all apple stores sell office

so why not windows?

i did see a mini apple store and they only had a few books, some apple software, but no microsoft stuff, a ton of ipod stuff, and maybe ten computers on display...it was, in essence, the ipod store which sold some non ipod stuff ;)

aquajet
Apr 5, 2006, 04:33 PM
They're selling their biggest competitor's products.

That's a moot point. Firstly, a Mac is a requirement for any of these products, so these products aren't exactly stealing any potential business away from Apple. And secondly, Apple is sensitive to the needs of its customers, and many of its customers need or want to use Office, Windows or other Microsoft products on their Macs. Why wouldn't Apple take every opportunity to offer its customers what they want?

RBMaraman
Apr 5, 2006, 04:44 PM
From the Apple Boot Camp webpage (http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/):

"Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows."

So, no Windows in Apple Stores. Case closed.

jkballer23
Apr 5, 2006, 04:54 PM
I don't think they'll be selling it anytime soon, not until Leopard is released if they do. But you can already get WinXP in any computer store.

IJ Reilly
Apr 5, 2006, 04:54 PM
From the Apple Boot Camp webpage (http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/):

"Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows."

So, no Windows in Apple Stores. Case closed.

Hardly. This case isn't closed, in fact it's barely opened. Boot Camp is only a beta version of a feature that will be integrated into OSX 10.5. If Apple is serious about selling Windows compatibility as a feature of Mac hardware, and it appears they are, then selling retail copies of Windows is a virtual inevitability.

GimmeSlack12
Apr 5, 2006, 05:07 PM
How can selling it not be supporting it?
Because I think Windows sales in Apple stores will not make huge revenues.
I said they would not sell it, and will probably never sell it.

Ok, Microsoft is understood to be the maker of Windows, so a person does not have to directed to the Apple Store to get Windows. It has to be understood that Windows is everywhere, it does not need to be sold by the Apple Store.

IJ Reilly
Apr 5, 2006, 05:19 PM
I said they would not sell it, and will probably never sell it.

Ok, Microsoft is understood to be the maker of Windows, so a person does not have to directed to the Apple Store to get Windows. It has to be understood that Windows is everywhere, it does not need to be sold by the Apple Store.

They don't need to be directed to the Apple Store to buy Office or VirtualPC either, but both Microsoft products are sold there.

Be careful with the use of the word "never."

runninmac
Apr 5, 2006, 06:07 PM
I would have to say, no not in a long time.

Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.

-Apple Themselves

jefhatfield
Apr 5, 2006, 06:40 PM
Hardly. This case isn't closed, in fact it's barely opened. Boot Camp is only a beta version of a feature that will be integrated into OSX 10.5. If Apple is serious about selling Windows compatibility as a feature of Mac hardware, and it appears they are, then selling retail copies of Windows is a virtual inevitability.

HEY IJ

nice to see you here...while i don't always agree with your political views, i respect you for your sound arguments...you have to realize you are trying to argue against people who are like the ones who said "never" to os x on intel and have such short memories and small minds that they have to have steve jobs think for them ;)

PS - and let's say even if they don't have small minds, and are even geniuses for that matter, or are excellent in their logic, they certainly don't bring it to the table in the tired, "i am unique and i hate microsoft" argument

apple inc had plenty of opportunities to seize the biggest chunk of the industry and they simply failed by believing their own hype...others less creative used logic and common sense and succeeded where apple inc should have...oh well, it's just history

mojohanna
Apr 5, 2006, 07:03 PM
I'm sure they will! people will go into the apple store, the staff will talk about being able to run windows on there, the customer who has not knowledge will ask, do you sell windows xp, the staff won't say no, if they have been trying to sell it.

I also think that from the apple store you will be able to order a new mac with windows vista preinstalled along with mac osx.
Oh hell no. Just flat out HELL no.

A mac will NEVER come preinstalled with windows from Apple. If the time comes we should consider it the armegeddon, the end of the world as we know it.

jefhatfield
Apr 5, 2006, 07:12 PM
Oh hell no. Just flat out HELL no.

A mac will NEVER come preinstalled with windows from Apple. If the time comes we should consider it the armegeddon, the end of the world as we know it.

actually, the end of the world would be more likely if barry bonds goes to the american league and plays for the angels or A's, or the yankadoodles

powerboy
Apr 5, 2006, 07:17 PM
My bet is Apple will sell retail versions of Windows after Leopard is released - just like they sell Virtual PC now.

aquajet
Apr 5, 2006, 07:47 PM
Ok, Microsoft is understood to be the maker of Windows, so a person does not have to directed to the Apple Store to get Windows. It has to be understood that Windows is everywhere, it does not need to be sold by the Apple Store.

Up until recently, Apple didn't sell computers that could (natively) run Windows, so there was no reason to offer it. Now that this has changed, and Apple is beginning to market and support the dual-boot features of Intel-based Macs, Apple has an incentive to stock Windows on their shelves, based upon the selling point that Macs can natively run either operating system.

If you were a business owner trying to market your product's features, one of which requires an additional component to function, would you rather:

1. Direct your customer to the store across the street to purchase that component

2. Direct your customer to the shelf where you stock that component yourself

A smart businessperson would do the latter.

suntzu
Apr 5, 2006, 09:16 PM
Windows XP being sold in an Apple store? Whatever.

Companies that want to run Macs and install Windows already know where to go to get a copy. They're not going to go, "You don't sell Windows XP here?!? Well, screw you! I'm taking my business to Dell." It's not like there's an Apple store that doesn't have a store that sells XP near it. Hell! Even my one stop shopping place has a home electronics section that sells XP.

As for the average consumer, if they want to buy Windows XP to install on a Mac chances are they'll need help or know how to do it themselves. Which leads me to my main point...

What I think WILL happen is that business will increase for other Mac retailers. They could offer a service where they get Windows XP up and running for you on your Mac and charge whatever price they think is reasonable.

They'd buy in volume and make some money off of it along with charging for an hour of installation. Good money if you ask me.

I plan on helping dual-boot for all my PC friends who are now going to switch to a Mac. One of the worries they had was that if their medical school has software that can't run on Mac, they'd fall behind. With this, there's no worries!

Also, I would charge them if I wasn't such a nice guy. ;)

If you were a business owner trying to market your product's features, one of which requires an additional component to function, would you rather:

1. Direct your customer to the store across the street to purchase that component

2. Direct your customer to the shelf where you stock that component yourself

A smart businessperson would do the latter.

You're working on the assumption that Apple lives and dies on the performance of their Apple stores. I've read an article that states that Apple uses the Apple store as advertising more than sales. If they happen to sell things, all the better but it's not going to cause Apple to come crashing down.

Apple doesn't care if someone goes to Best Buy and picks up an iPod so why should they worry if someone picks up Windows XP there? Granted, Apple makes no money off of XP in Best Buy but do you really think Apple is that strapped for cash?

Takumi
Apr 5, 2006, 09:26 PM
it's a ploy to sell more macs.

It's a fairly good ploy

Takumi

blybug
Apr 5, 2006, 09:44 PM
No. If they preinstall it, users would expect Apple to support it when something goes wrong.
This would also defeat the Trojan Horse aspect...if the Macs continue to only run OSX out of the box, and the Windows install requires another purchase and a process for the end-user to go through...many will never do it

More switcher purchases because Macs can run Windows, but once they start using OS X they won't bother installing Windows. Apple should start including a migration assistant for Windows, if people can get their data off their old PCs when they switch, it's even less likely they'd mess with installing Windows on their new Macs.

dmw007
Apr 5, 2006, 09:51 PM
Possibly, but unlikely. :)

aquajet
Apr 5, 2006, 10:35 PM
You're working on the assumption that Apple lives and dies on the performance of their Apple stores.

No, I'm working on the assumption that Steve Jobs is a smart businessman. If Apple's going down the path of marketing their machines as capable of running Mac OS and Windows, then it makes perfect business sense to offer their customers copies of Windows to install on their Macs.

Apple doesn't care if someone goes to Best Buy and picks up an iPod so why should they worry if someone picks up Windows XP there? Granted, Apple makes no money off of XP in Best Buy but do you really think Apple is that strapped for cash?

It's not a matter of cash or profits, but rather a matter of offering the highest level of service for their customers. This is good business.

I've read an article that states that Apple uses the Apple store as advertising more than sales.

Do you have a link to this article?

kalisphoenix
Apr 5, 2006, 10:59 PM
I don't believe they will, and here is why:

This is not a dollars-and-cents business decision, in my opinion. This is completely about image. If Apple sells Microsoft Windows in their store, they're essentially saying:

Look, we're buddy-buddy! One and the same. We're merging. It's a marriage of Mac OS and Windows. We're all together now. Together. Where your Windows viruses can destroy your Mac documents! Forget all those years of rivalry and what you saw on "Pirates of Silicon Valley" -- we're friends! GOOD friends. Bill comes over and ****s my sister on the weekends, et cetera et cetera ad nauseum.

It's selling out (in image, at least) all Mac zealots. It clotheslines the idea that OS X and the software constructed for it is sufficient for 90% of all users. It anally rapes the intelligent shopper's perception of the company's confidence in its product! Imagine going into Taco Bell and seeing a new Burrito Exquisito on the menu. They've pulled out all the stops advertising for this thing: Celebrity testimonials, flashing lights, talking dogs, et cetera. In fine print: "also comes with 1 hard taco, 1 soft taco, and 1 burrito of your choice, of equal or lesser value." And when you ask why, they say "well, you might not actually like it, so here's a bunch of stuff that you'll probably like."

It's ridiculous. It makes little (if any) sense. Why in the hell would you ask someone to buy a product that they are ostensibly embittered with, infuriated with, that they have supposedly lost work and hours of productivity to? When you go to the Hospital, do they have plates full of rat poison for you to snort?

I honestly can't buy this idea. There are too many scenarios in which Apple loses. And it wins how? By robbing Circuit City of that $5/unit? By fulfilling some imaginary agreement? ****, Apple doesn't sell Linux or NetBSD! I am printing on a printer that works with OS X, but is not sold in an Apple store!

All in all, it just doesn't make sense to me. Not because of dollars-and-cents directly, but because of how it would affect Apple's image. I can see them licensing Microsoft's APIs and making a better DarWINE, but I can't see them selling a packaged vanilla Windows OS. It'd blow my freaking mind. And if it happens, I will personally stand on IJ Reilly's shoulders and publicly eat my own pancreas.

suntzu
Apr 5, 2006, 11:25 PM
No, I'm working on the assumption that Steve Jobs is a smart businessman. If Apple's going down the path of marketing their machines as capable of running Mac OS and Windows, then it makes perfect business sense to offer their customers copies of Windows to install on their Macs.

Actually, it's not so perfect and may end up hurting Apple but doing so. People are going to assume that since Apple is selling XP, they're providing some level of support for the OS when they're not. When the customer had a problem, who do they call?

If they call Apple, they'll say that they only support BootCamp and their drivers and not Windows XP. So they call Microsoft and then Microsoft tells them that they're getting problems because they're running Windows on a Mac and that they need to call the hardware maker (Apple). The customer gets the run around. They expect crap service from Microsoft but when Apple tells them "not our problem", how are they going to feel? It'll hurt Apple.

It's not a matter of cash or profits, but rather a matter of offering the highest level of service for their customers. This is good business.

But this isn't high quality service. If Apple sells XP then basically what it's saying to its customers is "buy this bad software and don't expect any help from us on it." High quality of service would be offering XP support. But this is extremely costly.

Do you have a link to this article?

Business Week (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2004/tc2004047_5468_tc056.htm)

Not the article I read but it has the portion that talks about it.

All this is somewhat unexpected. Although always intended to be profitable eventually, Apple stores were envisioned mainly as showcases for Apple wares, aimed at drawing in new customers.

princealfie
Apr 6, 2006, 01:22 AM
I think that I do like sticking to mac os x for the most part... but windows xp is a necessity due to some graphic... hmm not violence hehehe...:eek:

MacsRgr8
Apr 6, 2006, 04:04 AM
Does anyone remember if Apple supplied DOS or Windows 3.11 with those with DOS compatibility cards equipped Power Macs (6100 for instance)?

sunfast
Apr 6, 2006, 04:49 AM
Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows."

So, no Windows in Apple Stores. Case closed.

For now

cleanup
Apr 6, 2006, 05:16 AM
They're selling their biggest competitor's products.

Apple and Microsoft aren't really true competitors. Apple is mainly a hardware company. Microsoft makes software. Apple's competitors are Dell, HP, Gateway, Toshiba, IBM Lenovo, Sony, etc. etc. as well as Creative, Philips, Samsung and the thousands of other MP3 player manufacturers out there.

princealfie
Apr 6, 2006, 08:30 AM
I wonder whether now where the evolution of Apple is headed.

JayMak
Apr 6, 2006, 09:42 AM
I wonder whether now where the evolution of Apple is headed.


.... To XP, Vista and beyond :)

1st the Intel CPU, now 'APPLE' releases a simple solution to run XP.

The Mini just became one of the best small silent XP machines available.

Those who buy the Mini for its size and want to run windows are not going to switch to OS X. Software delvelopers are going to choose XP over OS-X if pressed, as anyone can run XP now with a Mac.

It's not a bad thing for Apple, just look at the stock reaction. As long as Apple can lead with unique hardware...

jefhatfield
Apr 6, 2006, 11:05 AM
As long as Apple can lead with unique hardware...

which they have, especially since the return of steve jobs

for his first few years of debuts, apple did design great looking and sturdy hardware, but it does seem they have slacked on some products in hardware quality though in the last few years...but the price did come way down at the same time bringing in more customers who would have overlooked the mac due to price

apple, like most companies that make computers, outsource for many components that go inside computers and there isn't actually an apple computer factory in cupertino that makes everything from scratch

apple's big plus has been their own operating system which worked well with their hardware vs microsoft windows with one of thousands of pc companies' hardware

at least, we are talking about mactels using xp vs. using windows 95

IJ Reilly
Apr 6, 2006, 11:24 AM
Actually, it's not so perfect and may end up hurting Apple but doing so. People are going to assume that since Apple is selling XP, they're providing some level of support for the OS when they're not. When the customer had a problem, who do they call?

If they call Apple, they'll say that they only support BootCamp and their drivers and not Windows XP. So they call Microsoft and then Microsoft tells them that they're getting problems because they're running Windows on a Mac and that they need to call the hardware maker (Apple). The customer gets the run around. They expect crap service from Microsoft but when Apple tells them "not our problem", how are they going to feel? It'll hurt Apple.

The same is true for any retail sale of Windows. Just because you buy your copy of Windows from Wal-Mart, doesn't mean you're going to expect Wal-Mart to support it, right? And if Microsoft's customer support stinks, this reflects badly on Microsoft, not Apple.

If Apple is serious about dual-booting, then they will eventually have to offer complete dual-boot solutions to customers walking into Apple stores asking about them. If not, these customers will likely as not walk right back out of the store without a Mac under their arms.

running
Apr 6, 2006, 12:02 PM
“We are not going to sell or support Windows,” said Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing David Moody. “You have to bring your own Windows.”

any more questions? (http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/04/05/bootcamp/index.php) :)

aquajet
Apr 6, 2006, 12:05 PM
Actually, it's not so perfect and may end up hurting Apple but doing so. People are going to assume that since Apple is selling XP, they're providing some level of support for the OS when they're not. When the customer had a problem, who do they call?

It's no different than any other third-party product that Apple sells. Nobody expects Apple to provide technical support for the myriad of choices offered. Windows XP is no different. If there's a problem, then it's Microsoft's duty to support the customer.

If they call Apple, they'll say that they only support BootCamp and their drivers and not Windows XP.

The only thing Apple guarantees is that Microsoft Windows will install on their computers. Outside of this, if something malfuctions within Windows, then it's up to Microsoft to provide support. If a third-party application used under Windows malfuctions, then it's up to that vendor to support their product.

But this isn't high quality service. If Apple sells XP then basically what it's saying to its customers is "buy this bad software and don't expect any help from us on it." High quality of service would be offering XP support. But this is extremely costly.

And totally unrealistic, if not impossible. Every manufacturer is responsible for providing support for their own product.

Remember -- Apple has been perfectly willing to tout the virtues of other products such as Adobe's Photoshop and Microsoft's Office, both of which Apple offers in their retail and online stores, along with direct competitor's products, such as the Bose SoundDock.

jefhatfield
Apr 6, 2006, 12:15 PM
It's no different than any other third-party product that Apple sells. Nobody expects Apple to provide technical support for the myriad of choices offered. Windows XP is no different. If there's a problem, then it's Microsoft's duty to support the customer.




here's what a mac zealot would say ;) :

SURE APPLE SENDS A LIMO THAT TAKES YOU TO THE AIRPORT AND WILL FLY YOU TO THE DOORSTEP OF ANY COMPANY BUT MICROSOFT

GEEZ, DIDN'T YOU KNOW THAT

IT'S SO THE MAC WAY

IJ Reilly
Apr 6, 2006, 12:17 PM
any more questions? (http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/04/05/bootcamp/index.php) :)

Right. And, from the day the Intel Macs were announced, Apple was telling us that they would not provide a method for running Windows on a Mac.

http://www.macnn.com/articles/05/06/08/schiller.on.os.x.on.pcs/

Any more answers? :p

aquajet
Apr 6, 2006, 12:25 PM
And I'm still waiting for my 3 ghz PowerMac G5 (http://www.macobserver.com/article/2003/09/17.2.shtml). ;)

Abulia
Apr 6, 2006, 12:25 PM
Right. And, from the day the Intel Macs were announced, Apple was telling us that they would not provide a method for running Windows on a Mac.

http://www.macnn.com/articles/05/06/08/schiller.on.os.x.on.pcs/

Any more answers? :pYou should read your own quotes:"We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac"That has nothing to do with running Windows on a Mac. In fact, since day one, Apple has repeatedly said the would not stand in the way of running Windows on Intel Mac hardware.

Any more questions?

IJ Reilly
Apr 6, 2006, 12:31 PM
You should read your own quotes:That has nothing to do with running Windows on a Mac. In fact, since day one, Apple has repeatedly said the would not stand in the way of running Windows on Intel Mac hardware.

You should read the entire article:

As for Mac users running Windows on Intel Macs, Schiller said Apple won't intentionally stop users from doing this. However, Apple will not provide any support, let alone a method, for running Windows.

Any more questions?

No thanks, I'm done. :)

macpastor
Apr 6, 2006, 12:37 PM
Now that we have Bootcamp is around, will we begin to see Windows XP/Vista on the shelves of our Apple Store?

Wow, that's just freaky :eek: I know that Apple Stores sell third-party software but that's just... :mad:

They sell Virtual PC so what keeps them from one day selling Windows? Although you can get it cheaper most other places like ebay or other 3rd party sellers.

Abulia
Apr 6, 2006, 12:38 PM
Point taken (reading the fine print).

I'm just going to state that the article in question is "obviously" a fake. ;)

weldon
Apr 6, 2006, 01:02 PM
I think they might sell the retail versions. It will help their salespeople to close deals with customers that still want/need to run a Windows app or two. I don't think they will sell the OEM version bundled (never pre-installed) because I think the licensing will require that Apple provide Windows support to those customers.

flyfish29
Apr 6, 2006, 01:11 PM
They'll probably keep it behind the counter or something to avoid embarrasment.

They will probably not only keep it behind the counter, but will also place those wood covers over the boxes on the display racks like they do for porn mags at convience stores!:rolleyes:

I do think they might sell it. They sell Office, VPC, etc don't they? It does seem werid though to think about it. Kind of like saying McDonalds will sell Wendy's burgers- weirder things have happened.

grockk
Apr 6, 2006, 01:17 PM
I said they would not sell it, and will probably never sell it.

Ok, Microsoft is understood to be the maker of Windows, so a person does not have to directed to the Apple Store to get Windows. It has to be understood that Windows is everywhere, it does not need to be sold by the Apple Store.

but why not let apple have a cut of the sale?

princealfie
Apr 6, 2006, 01:21 PM
Indeed, I don't see too much conflict selling Windows in the Apple store seeing that Bill Gates has some stock in Apple! :):eek:

IJ Reilly
Apr 6, 2006, 01:27 PM
Indeed, I don't see too much conflict selling Windows in the Apple store seeing that Bill Gates has some stock in Apple! :):eek:

He does???

princealfie
Apr 6, 2006, 02:22 PM
Yep, Bill Gates actually has some real stock in Apple. Apparently a few of the Apple Store guys confirmed it. :cool:

IJ Reilly
Apr 6, 2006, 03:40 PM
Yep, Bill Gates actually has some real stock in Apple. Apparently a few of the Apple Store guys confirmed it. :cool:

Well for sure they'd know. :rolleyes: