The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Apple moves at top speed with switch to Intel's chips: "Separately, Apple secured an agreement with Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit, which produces the Office suite of productivity software, for a minimum of five more years.
Persistent rumors of discord have dogged the two companies since a reconciliation five years ago.
The pact, signed in November, requires Microsoft to produce new versions of its software for the Mac, while Apple agreed to provide Microsoft with developer resources 'in a timely manner,' Scott Erickson, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit director of product management and marketing, said Monday. 'We wanted with Apple to make a very visible commitment.'
In a broad gesture at Microsoft, Jobs previewed a television commercial announcing the Intel-based computers in which a voice-over actor expressed sympathy for an Intel processor because 'it's been trapped inside dull little boxes performing dull little tasks when it could have been doing so much more.'"
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