(Original post by 5150)
Which leads me to another reason that your suggestions don't hold water: Microsoft don't receive a royalty from the hardware that comprises a PC. If a consumer buys XP and installs it on their Mactel machine, Microsoft have made more money from this consumer than if the consumer purchases a computer with an OEM version of XP on it, because OEM licenses are purchased in bulk and cost less per unit than boxed copies.
So, not only has this consumer spent money on Microsoft that he would otherwise not have done, he is a potential customer for all of Microsoft's software that isn't available for OS X. From Microsoft's perspective, he is of the same value as a customer with XP on an Acer, or a Dell, or a Lenovo. If anybody should be afraid, it is the PC manufacturers - they have everything to lose, and Microsoft has everything to gain.
Did you not understand my previous post?
From the outset, it simply isn't practical to use two operating systems. I'll come back to this.
Software distribution is VASTLY different to OS distribution. What you're completely ignoring is the fact that by allowing XP/Vista to run on Apple hardware, it's likely to influence someone already stupid enough to be considering the possibility of buying a Mac. Anyone that buys a Mac with intention to run Windows on it is buying both hardware and software from Apple.
Whilst of course Microsoft get to sell some retail software, there are two main problems with this:
1. People are paying Apple ridiculous premiums for their hardware. Apple making money is not good for Microsoft. Apple cannot afford the level of investment into their operating system and software that Microsoft can. It's much better for Microsoft if things stay that way.
2. People will be running OS X - perhaps even if they wouldn't ever have done before. Sure, there's Microsoft software for OS X - but MS would much rather have people using this software on WINDOWS, especially with their new OneCare protection and other Windows exclusive apps. Using OS X will create a brand loyalty and of course profits for Apple with their yearly updates. As I've already stated, Apple making money is not good for Microsoft. Apple gaining market share is not good for Microsoft. Your point about hardware is null. It is NOT the same as people running a Compaq or Toshiba machine and choosing to use Microsoft software on it.
It doesn't make sense to run two operating systems. The key features of OS X and Windows are essentially the same. They are competing products. It is better for Microsoft if everyone uses Windows.
In short, Microsoft will not be willing to support Apple's profitability or userbase beyond what they consider to be detrimental to their business. The fact that Microsoft develop software for OS X means that their market analysts have decided that it will be profitable but not damaging to the sale of Windows.