Photos: Microsoft-Apple collaboration, the 10 greatest moments

Photos: Microsoft-Apple collaboration, the 10 greatest moments

Summary: Microsoft versus Apple has long been the marquee rivalry of the technology industry, but the two companies also have a long history as frenemies. Here are their 10 greatest collaborations.

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  • In Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Apple integrated support for Microsoft Exchange into its built-in apps: Mail, iCal, and Address Book. Unfortunately, this required Exchange 2007 or later on the backend and the integration was a little buggy, but it was another step toward making Macs more friendly in the many businesses that are run on Microsoft software in the server room.

    Photo credit: Apple

    If you'd prefer to view this as a text-based list, see the companion blog post.

  • In 2006 Apple switched the Mac platform from proprietary PowerPC processors to standard Intel x86 chips -- the same ones that had traditionally powered most Windows PCs. Later that year, the company released Boot Camp, a free utility that allowed Windows XP to be installed on the new Intel-based Mac hardware and dual booted with Mac OS X. (Boot Camp later supported Windows Vista and then Windows 7.) Naturally, Microsoft didn't object because Boot Camp required a Windows license.

    Photo credit: Apple

    If you'd prefer to view this as a text-based list, see the companion blog post.

  • When the original iPhone was released in 2007, its primary accomplishment was a touchscreen user interface that made smartphones accessible to more than just the email-junkie professionals who had previously owned BlackBerry and Palm Treo devices. However, the first iPhone was not very useful. It had limited software and it couldn't easily connect to corporate email. Apple fixed both of those problems a year later with version 2.0, the iPhone 3G, by opening up to third party developers and licensing Exchange ActiveSync from Microsoft so that iPhone could connect to Exchange email, calendar, and contacts.

    Photo credit: Apple

    If you'd prefer to view this as a text-based list, see the companion blog post.

Topics: Microsoft, Apple, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Software

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  • Word & Excel

    I used an early Mac at a company in the 80s - not only Word, but also Excel. That combination, tied to a central laser printer, was magic in those days.
    Ken_z
    • True, there was magic.

      @Ken_z ... even in today's developed market, Apple has been able to keep alive a sense of magic, while Windows & Office and the machines they run on have become another gray and somewhat miserable feature of the cube.
      HollywoodDog
    • It was magic

      @Ken_z ...and I used MS Multiplan before Excel on my 1984 Mac, both at work and at home. However, there are days when I wish I had access to the simple but powerful MacWrite and MacPaint programs today--they are all I really need for many situations. Young coders: Apple had the Mac OS and both programs, plus room for files, all on a 400 KB diskette. Yes, KB.
      frabjous
  • TRUTH!

    Ballmer actually considers all these to be low points!



    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com
    NonZeal0t
    • RE: Photos: Microsoft-Apple collaboration, the 10 greatest moments

      @NonZeal0t

      Grow up.
      NoAxToGrind
    • NZ says "TRUTH!"

      @NonZeal0t ...and then posts a FakeSteveBallmer blogspot--but look, it's a FakeNonZealot, too! Who thinks we won't notice, or distinguish between 0 and O! But lots of us work with details and notice this crap! Just go away, please.
      frabjous
  • RE: Photos: Microsoft-Apple collaboration, the 10 greatest moments

    http://howtozed.blogspot.com
    howtozed
  • RE: Photos: Microsoft-Apple collaboration, the 10 greatest moments

    Now I guess all the fanbois will run out an file a law suit, now that the found out that Iphone could not work correctly without the help of, you guessed it, Microsoft. I wonder if they have dranked so much koolaid until they cant see this?? By the way, wonder where they are at?? Maybe they already and decided the could not bash Microsoft?? Come y'all, tell us how bad Microsoft is!
    eargasm
  • RE: Photos: Microsoft-Apple collaboration, the 10 greatest moments

    In what way, exactly, was the PowerPC "proprietary"? In fact, as it had more than one manufacturer, as opposed to the x86 line, if anything, the situation was reversed.<br><br>And @windozefreak, nowhere does it say that the iPhone could not "work correctly" without the help of microsoft. Talk about drinking Kool-Aid.<br><br>BTW, I certainly HOPE your first language is not English, because if it is, you don't have a first language.
    DeusXMachina
  • An Apple a day keeps......

    An Apple a day keeps Android and all the other bugs away!
    grantje60