“Apple Computer’s development of software that lets Intel-based Macintosh systems run Windows XP natively met with the approval of several Mac-friendly IT managers, who said that the embrace of Microsoft’s operating system will make it easier to deploy Apple hardware. Until now, Mac users who needed to run some Windows applications have had to do so in emulation mode using tools such as Microsoft’s Virtual PC, which exacts a serious performance toll. But Apple’s Boot Camp software, which was released for public beta testing with little fanfare, enables Windows XP to run on the new Macs just as it does on desktop and laptop PCs,” Linda Rosencrance and Ken Mingis write for Computerworld.
“Boot Camp creates a hard-drive partition for Windows XP and lets users choose between it and Apple’s Mac OS X operating system each time they start their computers. The dual-booting capability ‘definitely makes the Mac more attractive,’ said Micah Lamb, a microcomputer support specialist in the IT services department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas,” Rosencrance and Mingis write. “Lamb said that Baylor has routinely had end users who preferred Apple’s hardware to PCs but needed Windows to run applications central to their jobs. Boot Camp will let them have it both ways, he said. In addition, the new software essentially makes the Mac two computers in one, Lamb said. ‘You can buy a traditional Wintel box and run Windows only, or you can buy a new ‘Mactel’ box and run both Windows and Mac OS X.'”
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