“Ever since Apple Computer Inc. released its Boot Camp software in April, thus enabling Intel Mac owners to run Windows on their Apple hardware, I’ve been working with various permutations of Windows on my 17-in. MacBook Pro. There was the Boot Camp-enabled Windows XP installation, the Parallels virtualized version of XP (no reboot needed) and now there’s Vista RC1,” Ken Mingis writes for Computerworld.
“Who can resist a chance to surf the Web with a beta version of something like Firefox, running on a beta version of Microsoft’s next operating system, using a beta version of Apple’s Boot Camp software? Not I,” Mingis writes. “I have to say at the outset that after more than a decade as a hard-core Apple fan, running Windows on a MacBook Pro is bit, well, weird. It’s sort of like living your whole life as a BMW fan and waking one day to find yourself behind the wheel of a shiny new Chevy, or wearing sunglasses after dark. You can do it, but it just somehow seems wrong.”
“Still, in 2006, this is where we stand: Apple’s hardware runs Windows, and does so quite well. In fact, the MacBook Pro I bought in May is better equipped to run Vista than the Sony Vaio I bought less than a year ago,” Mingis writes. “If you have a MacBook Pro, you’re ready for Vista. Whether you actually want to install it will be up to you.”
“If you’re booting from scratch, you’ll notice that it takes Vista about twice as long to fire up as Mac OS X. From Mac start-up chime to Windows desktop — doesn’t that sound strange? — takes 1:01 on my MacBook Pro. OS X is ready to go in less than half that time,” Mingis reports.
“There’s been a lot of talk in the past about whether Vista in some way copies features already found in Mac OS X. I can say for sure that using Vista feels awfully familiar, as if XP had been taken to the Apple garage and buffed to a high gloss,” Mingis reports. “While there will no doubt be untold numbers of comparisons in the months ahead between Vista and Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5, what I’m doing right now — speeding along with Microsoft’s next operating system on an Apple laptop — would have been unheard of a year ago. Now, it could very well be a glimpse of the future.”
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