USA Today’s Michelle Kessler, in the annual back-to-school PC shopping article, asks, “Apple or Windows?”
Kessler explains, “The price premium for Apple PCs isn’t as high as it used to be, prompting some shoppers to try Apple. Amazon.com’s current best seller is a $1,045 Mac. But compatibility issues with Windows, which is found on about 95% of PCs, can still be a problem. (It is possible, but difficult, to run Windows on a Mac.)”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, it’s really difficult. Not. Is this Monday or FUDday?
• The Wall Street Journal’s Walter S. Mossberg wrote of running Windows on a Mac, “I’ve been testing Parallels Desktop on a new MacBook Pro laptop, and have found it works very well, despite a few drawbacks. I prefer it to Apple’s [Boot Camp] solution, even though the Apple approach is free and also works very well.”
• Jim Rossman wrote of Boot Camp for The Dallas Morning News, “Installation is quite easy. Boot Camp has an installation assistant that walks you through the steps of setting up the Windows partition and installing Windows… The Windows installation took less than an hour. Once I installed the drivers, everything seemed to work as advertised. In fact, the Intel-based iMac was a very fast Windows PC. Any PC user who has wanted to try the Mac OS or any Mac user who needs to run Outlook or wants to run PC games should put an Intel Mac running Boot Camp on their short list of systems to consider.”
• Paul Thurrott reported for Internet Nexus, “Parallels does perform very well for what it is, about on par with what I experience on the PC with VMWare or Virtual Server. That this is a 1.0 product is astonishing…. For those who just need occasional Windows application compatibility, Parallels is an excellent solution, no doubt about it. But if you want to run Windows regularly, Boot Camp is absolutely the way to go.”
We could go on, but the point has already clearly been made: There are at least two ways to run Windows on a Mac and neither are described as “difficult” by reviewers ranging from the highly-respected Walt Mossberg all the way on down to Windows fanboy/Microsoft apologist Paul Thurrott.
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