Dell almost sold computers with Mac OS
Microsoft licenses its Windows operating system to consumers and computer makers, but Apple’s macOS is fairly exclusive to the company’s own computers. However, apparently at some point Apple wanted to license their Mac OS platform and Dell was one of the companies they wanted to work with.
This news is according to a CNET report that cites a book published this week titled “Play Nice But Win,” which is a memoir by Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell. According to the book, Dell recounts how Apple co-founder Steve Jobs approached him at one point and offered to sell his Mac OS license to Dell. It could have been huge for both companies.
Jobs believed this would give customers the option of installing software from Apple or Microsoft on their new computers. This was around the time Jobs joined Apple and successfully transferred Mac software to Intel’s x86 chips.
Dell says it was open to the idea and willing to license Mac OS and pay Apple for every PC sold with Mac OS, but it didn’t work. Jobs suggested that Dell should simply preload every PC with Mac OS and pay Apple a fee for every PC sold, whether that user chose to use Mac or Windows.
So if this deal went through, it would have benefited Apple, but would have been too costly for Dell. This is why the agreement never took place.
Filed Under: Apple, Tech News
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