Apple and Windows software...

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  1. pepeleuepe macrumors 6502

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    With iTunes for Windows coming out this week does anyone think that Apple will continue to venture into the Windows software market, or just peak it's head in and try to get people to switch?

    I think it will be interesting to see how well they pull off the Windows version of iTunes. Everyone seems to assume that its going to work like any old Apple software release, but to my knowledge, (and I might be wrong), this is the first time Apple has released anything for Windows, so it might be rough at first.

    Hopefully Apple releases a rock solid music player and turns peoples heads in the Windows world; in turn convincing them to switch because we all know the profits in the hardware...

    Random thoughts for the evening.
     
  2. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604

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    AppleWorks was for Windows, I have it installed on my Mom's PC. It's fun to play with :p I think it was version 5.
     
  3. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, can't forget about QuickTime...I don't know how popular that was, but obviously Windows Media is a far more popular format than QT among Windows users, a lot of whom haven't even heard of QuickTime.
     
  4. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Who hasn't heard of Quicktime? Even when I was a die-hard PC user, I still had QT Pro on my Windows desktop.
     
  5. pepeleuepe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I knew I would forget something obvious, like Quicktime...But I didn't realize that AppleWorks was ever released for Windows. Learned something new today I guess.
     
  6. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604

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    It was funny, I bought AppleWorks at a junk store for $3, it came with a support card a couple manuals and a CD for Mac and a CD for Win. There was also a forum to fill out to get floppies instead of CDs. lol
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Re: Apple and Windows software...

    Don't forget FileMaker. This database application was the second most popular such application for Windows.
     
  8. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    Hopefully iTunes will be just as intuitive to use on Windows as on the Mac. After falling in love with my new PB, I'd never go back to Windows Media Player! It might make people notice (they should do deals so that it comes preinstalled on new PCs).

    I hope iChat AV comes out on Windows - that looks awesome but I don't know anyone else with a Mac so it's utterly useless to me!

    However, keep Final Cut Pro/Express, iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, Keynote, etc on Mac else no-one will want to switch!
     
  9. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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    i think keynote would be a worthwhile port seeing as presentation software for win32 is lacking
     
  10. TEG macrumors 604

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    Don't Forget the Following Apple Apps for Windows...

    Apple Talk (Win3.1)(Win 95/98)
    OpenTransport (Win 3.1)
    Apple/Claris Works (Thru. V.5)
    Quick Time
    Quick Draw
    Chooser (Was with Apple Talk)
    File Maker
    Claris Home Page

    That's About all I can think of...

    TEG
     
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  12. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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    doesn't even come close to keynote - its so much better!!
     
  13. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    You think Apple dare a Windoze version of Safari ...?
     
  14. pepeleuepe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think iTunes for Windows could be the beginning and the end of Apple iLife software on Windows. I don't think Apple would ever port any other iLife software over, simply because it is one of the great motivators to make people switch. Safari is probably included in that.
     
  15. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I don't consider Safari to be part of "iLife". It's just another browser, hoping/waiting to be accepted/supported by all those website developers out there. There are many Windoze users who are tired of having to use M$ Exploder as their one and only Winblows supported browser, that I am confident that Safari would be picked up quite quickly. In turn this would kick Safari support into high gear.
    iMovie, iDVD, iCal, iPhoto, FCP (total package) are here to stay for OS X exclusively, keeping them as THE motivators to switch.
     
  16. yamabushi macrumors 65816

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    I agree that iChatAV would be a good app to port. I would wait to port Keynote. Apple first needs to develop the rest of an integrated professional office suite.
     
  17. Schiffi macrumors 6502a

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    Apple is only porting iTunes because MusicMatch that is pre-bundled with Windows iPods is "lacking."
     
  18. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Apple clearly hasn't put a lot of effort into porting their code to Windows in the past (and why should they?) I hope that iTunes is much more polished than their previous Windows offerings.

    I have (had) ClarisWorks for Windows, and I have Quicktime Pro
    6.3 on Windows. Both work as advertised, but their general
    look and feel are just lacking. Not quite the Windows visual
    standard, but not quite Apple's either. It's like they kept all the
    buttons and GUI elements exactly the same as the Mac versions, but instead of an Aqua button you see a Windows button. Everything just looks odd that way.

    And I found that QT for Windows was, for some reason, flaky, crashing and doing strange things on my (multiple) machines.

    Oh well.

    By the way, I just bought AppleWorks 6.2.7 for my new Powerbook, and the red sticker on the box says "For Mac OS X and Windows 98/ME/2000/XP" -- I wonder if a Windows version is included??? I should try it out...
     

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