New Apple software lets Intel Macs boot Windows

Apple today introduced Boot Camp, new public-beta software for Mac OS X that lets users of Intel Macs boot directly into Microsoft Windows XP. While the move may contradict previous statements by Apple, the company said they still have no intention of fully supporting Windows on the Mac.
Source: MacCentral

Or as Joystiq most eloquently put it: Apple's official Mac gaming solution: Windows. Rob Griffiths has a first look up already. It sounds just amazing. We should be getting some new iMacs in at work, so I will get a chance to tinker with this myself.

Rob and I was chatting a little about what this could possibly mean for the future of the Mac and Mac OS X. Not that I like the thought of a post-apocalyptic future with no Mac OS X, but what if software developers such as Adobe just stop making Mac OS X software. What if they just tell their customers to just buy the Windows version, since it will run on their Intel-based Mac just fine.

Is that too radical an idea? I don't know. Apple's history has been pretty radical.

What I do know is this: running Windows natively on a Mac is exactly what I want. It will let me ditch my Dell Inspiron 700m. I can finally install Mac OS X and Windows XP (or Vista, if that ever ships) on a MacBook Pro -- one that I will surely own sometime after the second revision.

Comments (1)

LKM:
Not that I like the thought of a post-apocalyptic future with no Mac OS X, but what if software developers such as Adobe just stop making Mac OS X software.

As long as Mac users keep buying Mac versions of their applications, they will keep making them. And as long as Windows applications don't run seamlessly inside Mac OS X, Mac users will keep buying Mac versions of these applications.

Rebooting just to use Photoshop is pretty radical and no real alternative to a native version of PS. For games, it's different: When you're playing a game, you're doing nothing else, so rebooting is definitely not too hard on the gamers. Even so, they'll have to install and maintain a version of Windows, so I don't think that the market for Mac ports is dead.

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