Why doesn't Apple make a virtual machine app?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by HiFiGuy528, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    HiFiGuy528

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    Boot Camp is not very useful to me because I have to reboot to run Windows and I can't share files. Why doesn't Apple just make a VM?
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Apple's admitted that they're very picky about which markets they chose to enter.

    I guess they don't see any benefit for being in the VM market. There are two major commercial players and a fairly decent free product already out there.
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe they just don't feel like putting someone else out of business....yet.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Because they rely, somewhat, on there being a third-party software market on their machines. There are multiple third-party options. If Apple decided to enter this market and, in doing so, killed these off third parties would be less likely to write new software or continue developing their existing software.

    You can use Parallels, VMWare Fusion or Virtual Box...
     
  5. cmaier macrumors G3

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    I wouldn't be surprised to see a VM built into a future version of the OS, mostly for the enterprise markets, and mostly to run different instances of OS X, rather than to run windows and OS X on the client.
     

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