So the new cross platform solution is to run virtual machines. There is so much computing horsepower just waiting around on dual and quad core processors let alone GPUs also brimming with untapped cycles.So have VMs tap them and just run the desired OS inside your own favorite box or server [and double the learning curve as the system admin and troubleshooting are not just different but subject to virtual constraints]. Some of the virtual machine vendors are starting to tap more effectively into these resources underutilized CPU cycles – the add for VMware Fusion 4 is typical.
Apple’s Mac sales, which are rising 22% in a PC market that is down to nearly 0%, may be profiting from this virtual opportunity. So you absolutely must run Windows – do it on your Mac with a charge of $50+the cost of your version of Windows. Now Microsoft does not care-they get a high margin Windows sale. Intel is okay – Apple is running Intel chips. PC hardware manufacturers may have their noses out of joint the most. But the inverse of this, running MacOS on a PC is impossible – MacOS/X looks for unique signature of Apple hardware. How long will Microsoft tolerate this imbalance? Virtually forever, remember they get a high margin sale and running Windows 7 on a Mac might get some users to switch back to Windows as their base OS. And thus you have a Virtual Sign of the Times.