Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2006 19:01 UTC
Apple Apple's Boot Camp has stirred things up quite a bit around the net. eWeek states: "CIOs have a lot invested in Windows and aren't going to junk the OS for Apple. However, if a CIO can get a twofer - Windows XP and Mac OS on one machine - a flyer may make some sense." In an analysis, eWeek concludes: "Boot Camp might give businesses and consumers another reason to look at the Mac, analysts and IT managers say." Cnet wonders if all this is good news for MS, while Ars looks at the limitations. Apple also released firmware updates for Intel Macs, which supposedly add BIOS support to EFI so you can just boot an XP (or Linux!) CD without using Boot Camp.
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Good move
by siraf72 on Thu 6th Apr 2006 10:27 UTC
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2006-02-22

Apple stands nothing to lose from this. The argument that developers will drop the platform is nonsense. Linux apps are still being ported to Mac even though Linux can run on the hardware just fine. Virtual PC has been available for years.

Making Windows XP an option will drive up sales which will drive up OS X users (even if possibly by a smaller amount). This in turn increases the market size for mac developers. This is a win win win win (MS, Apple, User, developer) situation. The only people who stand to lose are other hardware manufacturers (and possibly MS in the long term- depending on Vista)

Lastly, there is no way that apple will allow macs to be sold with XP installed. This will always be a "nice bonus option" for the user.

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