Microsoft Courts Mac Developers with Windows 8, Modern.IE Package
Microsoft is pinning its hope on recruiting Mac developers to make their Websites and apps compatible with Internet Explorer by offering a bargain price for a combined package with Windows 8 Pro and Parallels Desktop 8.Two months after launching its development and testing resource site, dubbed modern.IE, Microsoft floated a quickly sold-out special offer in an attempt to recruit Web developers that live by the "Made on a Mac" credo. The software giant announced on April 2 that with the help of Swish, an e-commerce platform for inventors and startups, it was offering a Windows QuickStart Kit for Mac Developers that included a full version of Windows 8 Pro and Parallels Desktop 8 at a bargain basement price. What's more, Microsoft wouldn't pocket a cent. Parallels Desktop 8 is a hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors. The offer was intended to help smooth the way to IE-compliant Websites. The deal would dramatically cut the cost of supporting Microsoft's Web browser for developers and startups that made Mac their computing platform of choice, said Sandeep Singhal, Internet Explorer group program manager, in a company blog post. "We heard that the most common way you test across browsers is through virtualization of browser and operating system combinations using your favorite virtualization platform, such as Hyper-V, VMWare, VirtualBox, or Parallels. However, costs to purchase software and licensing can be difficult if you're that startup looking for your first big breakthrough," wrote Singhal.
For a fraction of the price of Windows 8 Pro, which sells for $199, Mac Web developers could test their applications in a virtualized Windows environment.