We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Apple offers most secure Windows platform

Could lead to a leadership change

Apple isn't just integrating Windows XP into the future Mac experience - it plans to offer the best Windows hardware in the world, speculates Robert Cringely this week.

Cringely dismisses the idea that Apple will scorn its OS in favour of Windows: "Apple isn't going to throw away its clearest point of differentiation and greatest technical advantage just to become another Windows OEM (original equipment manufacturer)," he writes.

He speculates that when Boot Camp ships as part of Mac OS X 10.5, it will offer full virtualisation, so users won't need to reboot their systems to move between operating systems.

He suggests that this will extend to Windows Vista support, and that this dual-OS approach will add a layer of OS X security to Windows and make it much easier to protect Microsoft's system against attacks.

"By running Windows Vista this way, Apple can offer the most secure version of Vista available with the lowest total cost of ownership, which could lead to a leadership change in business computing. Down with Dell and HP, and up with Apple," he suggests.

He also suggests Apple will abandon the Mach kernel.

This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk

IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

Watch this heartwarming Christmas short by Trunk for composer John Rutter

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad