With Apple’s debut of Boot Camp public beta, Intel-based Mac users currently must purchase a copy of Windows XP from an office supply or other retail store and install it themselves. Yesterday, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, stated in the Boot Camp press release, “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. We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”
Despite Schiller’s statement, we have heard rumors that Apple plans to sell bona fide installation discs for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home and Professional in the company’s growing network of retail stores. This rumor is unconfirmed and it is unclear at this time if Apple plans to display Windows XP boxes on Apple Retail Store shelves or simply kept on hand in the stock room for customers asking for the product. It does make some sense, after all, why send customers to Best Buy when Apple can sell it to them instead?
Apple has no plans to support Windows XP on Macs, this would simply be a convenience to Apple Retail Store customers. We have not heard that Apple’s online store will offer installation discs for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home and Professional.
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How to run Microsoft Windows XP on an Intel-based Macintosh with Boot Camp – April 05, 2006