Unlike Microsoft, which licenses its Windows operating system to consumers and PC manufacturers, Apple’s macOS is largely exclusive to the company’s PCs. However, it appears that at some point, Apple actually wanted to license its Mac OS and Dell was one of the companies that was considering it.
That’s according to a report by CNET that cites a book released this week called “Play Nice But Win,” a memoir by Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Computers. According to the book, Dell talks about how Apple co-founder Steve Jobs approached him and his company at one time with a proposal, offering to license Mac OS to Dell.
According to Jobs at the time, this would give customers the option to install Apple software or Microsoft software on their computers while purchasing a computer. This was around the time Jobs returned to Apple and they were able to port their Mac software to Intel x86 chips.
While Dell says he was open to the idea and was willing to license Mac OS and pay Apple for every computer sold with Mac OS, Jobs appears to have another idea. Apparently, Jobs suggested that Dell pre-load every Mac OS computer and pay Apple a fee for every computer sold, regardless of whether that user chose to use a Mac or Windows.
This deal would have greatly benefited Apple, but it was too costly for Dell, so the deal was ultimately not reached. It’s an interesting story because for all we know, this deal could have made Apple bigger than it is today, but at the same time, it could have gone in the exact opposite direction.
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