Microsoft and Apple Keep Up Their Dance

In today's Seattle Times, I write about the long dance Microsoft and Apple have kept up over the years seesawing over the equilibrium point where Apple is the honored opponent that keeps Microsoft from owning nearly 100 percent of consumers and the hated competition that's stealing market share.With Microsoft's purchase of Virtual PC, Apple computers are just another platform on which Windows operating systems and applications can run. It's another tool for cost conservation on Microsoft's part: less porting of Windows software to the Mac or fewer ground-up projects means fewer costs.