Universal apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by student_trap, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. student_trap macrumors 68000

    student_trap

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    #1
    ok so here's what i don't know:

    will a universal app work as well on a ppc mac as it will on a mactel?

    I ask because I need to buy some software (microsoft office) for my powerbook, but will be probably be getting a mactel in the late summer, and i obviously want it to run as well on my powerbook as it will on the mactel i will buy.

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    #2
    A Universal application is compiled to run at full native speeds on PowerPC and Intel CPU's. Office 2004 is currently PowerPC only and will more then likely stay that was until next year. However the new Intel Mac's include a program translator called Rosetta that will translate the PowerPC code to run on an Intel machine albeit at a slower speed. I've used Office 2004 on an Intel iMac and Mac Mini and it runs just fine via Rosetta.
     
  3. student_trap thread starter macrumors 68000

    student_trap

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    excellent, thanks for the quick response, i'll grab myself a copy tomorrow
     

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