Windows and Mac sitting in a tree…

October 9, 2009 at 07:56 | Posted in Apple, games, Microsoft | Leave a comment

I’ve started to appreciate Microsoft products more and more. That being said, same thing goes for Apple. The only logical choice is of course to combine them.

When I was a young teenager I despised Microsoft. I viewed them as the bane of all software development and thought their operating systems were rubbish. Apple was not much better, having at the time been sent into the lower recesses of the market for normal consumers (this was before the iPod). Simply put, they weren’t even an option at the time.

Image by Toxaz through FlickrOver the years though I’ve started to change my mind more and more about both companies. Apple has sleek and intuitive designs, both hardware and software, whereas Microsoft seems to have learned a thing or two from past failings and have been listening to the public. In Apple’s case I belive it has lately just been a matter of gaining a bigger market share to show of their products, but I believe Microsoft has actually improved some of their the past few years. I’m not saying Apple hasn’t, just that Microsoft had a bit bigger ground to cover.

The only problem I’ve been having lately is the interaction between the two. iTunes is a decent music player and I love the genius mix function, but the lack of support for multimedia keyboard bindings on Windows is just ridiculous. I guess the use for manipulating your media player even when it’s not in the forefront (i.e. while playing a game) is lost on the Windows iTunes team.

Lack of playable games on Apple has also been a big downer for me when it comes to their computers. The never Macs have pretty decent graphic cards, at least with the top segment laptop models, so they possess the hardware possible to accomplish this. But as long as Microsoft sits tight on their DirectX library, I don’t see many games being made for Macs, unless some other API takes over (won’t happen anytime soon).

Enter virtulization. In my case, VMware Fusion.

I’m sure some of you went googly eyed at this last paragraph (if you hadn’t already), but to break it down, VMware Fusion let’s you run Windows inside running Mac OS X. It boils down to the fact that you can use Windows programs on your Mac. VMware supposedly has support for DirectX 9 as well, which in turn will let you play games.

I say “supposedly” because I’ve yet to try it out. At the moment I’m attempting to install Windows 7 on my girlfriends Mac, and to be honest, it’s going rather slow. I belive (and hope) that the performance will increase once I’m actually logged on the virtual machine and install the “VMware Tools” that comes with the software. Mostly because it says this is what it’s for.

Hopefully I’ll be able to have it up and running before my significant other gets home tonight. If she haven’t been able to get her hands on that other game by then, at least she’ll be able to play Prototype. Yes, she did actually asked me if I could install a violent “superhero” game where you can consume your enemies and slice bodies in two on her shiny Mac so she could play it. Have I mentioned that I love her?

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