“Apple’s new tool to enable Intel-based Macintosh computers to run Microsoft Windows XP could lure more PC users to Mac hardware, but support and performance questions remain, solution providers said,” Russell Redman reports for CRN. “Plans call for the final version of Boot Camp to be part of Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard,” the next major release of the Mac operating system, due to be previewed in August at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.
“Boot Camp gives Windows PC users more incentive to switch to the Mac because they can use one computer to run Windows and Mac applications, said Sonny Tohan, CEO of Mac Business Solutions, a Gaithersburg, Md.-based Apple solution provider,” Redman reports. “Mac customers that needed to purchase inexpensive PCs to handle functions that required Windows apps will no longer have to do so, Tohan said. ‘The biggest loser out of this is Dell. We’ve got so many clients who buy Macs to do most of their Mac stuff and then buy a cheap Dell to run certain [Windows] apps that they couldn’t run on the Mac. Well, they won’t be buying that anymore.'”
“Boot Camp could sway a ‘huge percentage’ of PC users to go to the Mac, said George Swords, marketing manager at PowerMacPac, a Portland, Ore.-based Apple VAR,” Redman reports. “‘The biggest issue of all is going to be for end users to understand that when they install Windows on their computer, they’ll be responsible for the support of that,’ Swords said… Boot Camp also may not prove practical to users because they would have to reboot their computers to switch between the Mac and Windows environments, said Apple specialist David Salav, president of Webistix, a Holbrook, N.Y., solution provider. ‘I’m not sure if it serves a useful purpose right now,’ he said. ‘When they create a scenario where you could have fast user switching between the two operating systems, then that would be good.'”
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