“Apple Computer has again stunned the IT world by producing software that allows the rival Windows operating system to run natively on its new line of Intel chip-equipped Macintosh computers. The Boot Camp software, seen by some as an attack on the soft underbelly of Windows, will be included in Leopard, the forthcoming new version of Apple’s operating system,” Garry Barker writes for The Age. “A free download of the beta version is available on the Apple website (http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp). It requires a user to have legal copies of Microsoft Windows and application software to run under it. Boot Camp will not run on older Macs.”
“Industry analysts say it is a clever move by Apple to gain greater traction for its hardware, particularly its elegant MacBook Pro notebooks, among corporate and business Windows users,” Barker writes. “It will also expose Windows users to the attractions of Apple’s software, and could accelerate switching to Macintosh. Since the arrival of the iPod, Apple’s share of the desktop and portable computer market has almost doubled to just under 6 per cent in the US.”
“Apple’s Unix-based operating system is widely regarded, even among Windows users, as the best software of its kind. By contrast, Microsoft has been forced again to delay delivery of its new Windows system, known as Vista, which has been nearly five years in development,” Barker writes. “Ben Reitzes, an analyst with UBS Investment Research, said Boot Camp might bring Apple ‘significant benefits,’ beginning in its December quarter.”
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