Microsoft Readies Competitor to Apples GarageBand

Users will soon be able to run Windows on Intel-based Macs, but that doesn't mean Microsoft is backing away from competition. In fact, Microsoft is aiming straight at Apple with "Monaco," a music-making program for Windows Vista. (Microsoft

Some industry watchers have portrayed Apple Computers decision to make Windows available as a dual-boot on Intel-based Mac OS X systems as a big win for Microsoft.

Microsoft doesnt seem to be taking the move as a sign that it can call off the dogs, however.

Microsoft is still pushing full-steam-ahead with a music-making program, code-named "Monaco," according to Microsoft partners who requested anonymity.

Monaco would be very similar to Apples GarageBand application, but would be optimized to take advantage of Windows Vista and the Aero user interface.

GarageBand is Apples MacOS application for amateur musicians.

It comes with 1,000 pre-recorded sampled loops, and 50 sampled or synthesised instruments that can be played using a MIDI keyboard connected to the computer, or using an on-screen keyboard.

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