Mac .NET? The moment of decision is at hand.

by Steve Anglin

Mac .NET? The moment of decision is approaching, according to this news from CNET Apple must decide whether or not to continue its agreement with Microsoft. If I were a betting man, I would say not. Here are the reasons I think this.

1. Apple's Mac OS X+ is a BSD-based OS.

2. Apple's commitment to Java seems strong as exemplified by Aqua (J2SE); I doubt they'll just change direction toward .NET, which Microsoft may 'require.'

3. The Java community supports Mac as exemplified by the following tools: JBuilder for Mac and WebObjects (J2EE Web app server for Mac).

4. The open source community has embraced the Mac; even has a mac development news area on its site.

What do you think? I'm sure there are other reasons as well.