Originally posted by DHagan4755
Do you think OS X and the switch to Intel processors would lure AutoDesk to port their application ?
It's an interesting question, regarding any developers. I would think that Apple MUST be wondering how to encourage something along those lines. Intel themselves are making a chip capable of running 2 OSes (though I'm not sure if that means 1 OS per core).
I would guess Apple has 3 paths (and could do all, some, or none of these)
1) Push an OSX version of WINE. Get windows developers to compile to Apple-WINE or test their applications under both Windows and Apple-Wine.
2) Make a virtual PC of their own (just simulating the PC hardware) so people can install their own Windows. They could also offer virtual Linux via something like that, integrated via X-windows with the OSX interface.
3) Work with Microsoft - get Virtual PC working great, and allow a Windows App to run seamlessly with OSX apps, etc.
MS would probably like to have Windows bundled with every Mac... they could convince developers to write for Windows only, retain control of the API, remove any need to develop Word (etc) for OSX, and make some money. Also, the best place to run a Windows App will always be Windows... I just don't see why developers would write for Mac in those circumstances and it could be bad for Apple (or OSX at least!).