Apple & Microsoft extend Office software contract. - Jan. 13, 2006

Apple & Microsoft extend Office software contract. - Jan. 13, 2006

Why is this such a suprise, even though Apple have moved to Intel they are still using MacOS X which only runs on Apple hardware.

Microsoft's Mac Business Unit is still the largest provider of software for MacOS and though they've killed of IE (which is free and all Macs come with the Safari browser) and more recently Media Player (though there's still the current one available which they wont kill) many Mac users still want to use Microsoft Office.

Office for Mac is undoubtable better than Office for Windows, and the new version of Messenger is also an improvement over the PC variant.

Killing off such a large part of Microsoft's revenue is plain dumb.

Signing a 5 year agreement just means more money for the MS empire, which makes even more sense since MS bought into Apple (with a $250m cash injection when they were going through a very bad patch and MS thought they might become the single OS for personal computers - this was before Linux rose to popularity).

If Apple do gain more market share in laptops and desktops, then it's still more money for MS.

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