Here’s interesting article by Cringley about what might be up Apple’s sleeve regarding its ability to run Windows apps on Mac hardware.
By now we’ve all heard about BootCamp which allows users to install and boot into Windows XP (and Vista by 2007?) on the Intel Macs. Third party vendors like Parallels also provide virtualization software that can run XP in a window on Mac OS X, a la Microsoft’s VirtualPC. The new idea that Cringley proposes is that Apple will try to run Windows XP (not Vista!) apps NATIVELY on Mac OS X without requiring a copy of Windows XP.
It’s an interesting concept. It would definitely reinforce my preference for Apple since I only ever use XP because of certain Windows apps that I need to use.