Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A PC By Any Other Name

Apple Introduces Boot Camp Public Beta Software Enables Intel-based Macs to Run Windows XP

I just received an email from Apple. On one hand I think this is good news. I've used Virtual PC and it can be a real pain. On the other hand, I'm a bit saddened by the news. What is a Mac that runs Windows XP? A PC, of course. The distinction seems to be becoming less and less.

Boot Camp Beta: Requirements, installation, and frequently asked
questions (FAQ)

CUPERTINO, California--April 5, 2006--Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac®, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS® X or Windows XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in "Leopard," Apple's next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August.

"Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many
customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple's
superior hardware now that we use Intel processors," said Philip
Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
"We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users
considering making the switch."


At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Kevin Burkitt said...

Don't let this fool you. The beta version of Boot Camp will be part of the next O.S., which is scheduled to be released this spring. Unfortunately, Microsoft Vista will not be compatable. Oh wait, that is probably a good thing.


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