Computerworld: Apple Macs are the most flexible, compatible computers on the planet

“When Apple converted its entire product line from PowerPC CPUs to the very same Intel chips used in Windows PCs, the world changed… In very short order after the first Intel-based Macs hit the streets, developers proved that Windows on Macs was more than just a theory — it worked, and it was fast,” Richard Hoffman reports for Computerworld.

Hoffman reports, “Almost immediately, however, the world turned upside down once again. Apple itself released the public beta of a dual-boot enabler, called Boot Camp. With very little fuss or trouble, Boot Camp allowed anyone to load and run Windows on their Intel Mac. The next version of Apple’s operating system, Leopard (OS 10.5), will include the ability to run Windows built in.”

“Macs that run Windows via virtualization are here to stay,” Hoffman reports. “Boot Camp runs Windows (XP and Vista) and Windows software, and it runs them fast, well, and with excellent compatibility. In fact, early tests of Macs running Windows showed that they ran Windows apps faster than did many comparable Windows-only PCs. That’s a huge change from the old emulation days.”

Hoffman reports, “Parallels Desktop for Mac [is] a true virtualizer. This allows users to run Windows within, well, a window on your Mac desktop. Parallels, unlike Boot Camp, can run just about any OS you’d like, from MS-DOS to any flavor of Windows to Linux or Sun’s Solaris, at the very same time as you run your Mac apps… for those needing to run Windows and Mac apps side by side, Parallels is a real breath of fresh air… VMware, has released the beta of a virtualization product for Macs called Fusion. (Read our review of VMware Fusion here.) And now the game gets really interesting… As competition drives innovation, it’s likely that the virtualization options for Macs will keep getting better and better.”

“For now, you can run Windows virtual machines on a Mac, but not Mac virtual machines on a Mac, and certainly not Mac virtual machines on a PC. Although Apple may claim bragging rights for building the most flexible, compatible computers on the planet, pressure will be building fast for virtualization solutions to support running multiple copies of OS X on Macs,” Hoffman reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: On the day that Apple released Boot Camp, April 05, 2006, we wrote in our MacDailyNews Take, “Welcome to ‘Embrace and extinguish,’ Apple-style. The war ain’t over, folks. It never was. Now, a new chapter begins and today’s shot will be heard around the world! Don’t you just love the smell of napalm in the morning? This doesn’t hurt Microsoft (yet), but it absolutely puts Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc. into a world of pain… As Windows-only users buy Macs that will provide them their ‘comfort’ of Windows, they will experience Mac OS X and use it for the excellent Mac-only applications. We all know what happens when people are given the chance to really use Macs for longer than five minutes, they usually want to buy a Mac. These new Apple Mac hardware users will start out using Windows more than Mac OS X and end up using Mac OS X exclusively. Watch and see.”

Related articles:
Apple Mac’s 2007 market share climb will dumbfound almost everyone, create mayhem in PC market – September 08, 2006
$399 for Windows Vista Ultimate?! (Hint: Get a Mac) – August 29, 2006
Dude, you got a Dell? What are you, stupid? Only Apple Macs run both Mac OS X and Windows! – April 05, 2006
Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ultimate goal: ‘to take back the computer business from Microsoft’ – June 16, 2005
Why buy a Dell when Apple’s Intel-based computers will run both Mac OS X and Windows? – June 08, 2005
Intel-based Macs running both Mac OS X and Windows will be good for Apple – June 10, 2005
Windows users who try Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger might not want to go back – June 07, 2005
Microsoft and Dell must have a lot of bricks lying around today – June 07, 2005


  1. I love the option on the Mighty Mouse to have it work ONLY as a single-button mouse for extremely new users to computers. Tried to show my elderly mom a two-button mouse and it scared her about as much as a real mouse would have. I turned the mouse back to one-button, and she was MUCH happier.

    Apple’s new mouse gives me (and her) freedom of choice.

    I went from a single button Apple mouse (Mac OS 7, 8 and 9;) to a third-party two-button mouse (OS 9, OS X) and now the Mighty Mouse (OS X). Each was a step-up from the one before. I threw away my hockey-puck mouse after 48 hours — a terrible design from a user perspective.

  2. Recently I was in a server/computer admin room servicing the fire alarm/FM-200 supression system and noticed a Mac Mini on the table running XP…I questioned the administrator and ingaged him in friendly conversation. I learned that his opinion was why buy 2 machines when you could buy just one and run any system the student or faculty member wanted. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least

  3. Once again, laddies n lassies … yet another dumb assed PeeCeer illustrates just why intellegent people don’t buy the cheapest PC on the market …

    Notice John is having problems with his keyboards caps lock !

  4. The truth, and I don’t want to sound mean, is that even though this MacBook is about a year old, and was the lowest-possible configuration at the time (1.83 w 512 RAM), PC users still look longingly at it. And I’m talking about people that bought Vista PC’s last week. They still drool over this thing, MacBook heat stains and all. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    I don’t blame them. I never feel lacking in speed, power or usability. As far as I’m concerned, everyone should be using Apple laptops.

  5. > pressure will be building fast for virtualization solutions to support running multiple copies of OS X on Macs…

    I can understand how this might be useful for testing purposes. If you can run Leopard, Tiger, and Panther concurrently, or different setups of Mac OS X concurrently, it would speed up application developement testing and/or reduce the number of Macs needed. However, if a user just wanted another “instance” of Mac OS X running concurrently, they can just create another user account and use fast user switching to go back and forth between the two users. I do it all the time to switch between “play mode” and “work mode.” That would be far simpler than a virtualization solution.

    I’m not sure how much “pressure will be building” for a true Mac OS X virtualization solution.

  6. >SydneyStephen wrote: Have you changed personnel? there is a new level of maturity in your commentary. I like it. Keep it up.

    Agreed. It definitely affects the maturity in posts as well. Sometimes the noise is just too much.


    Back to the topic:

    Every time I’ve seen people exposed to Apple computers, there is a big “wow” factor to it. Apple generates buzz because it accomplishes what MS can’t. Macs are yin-yang computers:

    Secure…yet flexible
    Simple…yet complex
    Powerful… yet easy

    The balance is amazing.

  7. @SydneyStephen

    MacDailyNews Take: On the day that Apple released Boot Camp,April 05, 2006, we wrote in our MacDailyNews Take….

    So the “new level of maturity” has been on the go since the 5th of April 2006, at least.

    Or have I bolloxed up your line of thinking –
    Not trying to be discourteous to you.

    I’ve been everywhere, man.

    Well, I was humpin’ my bluey on the dusty Oodnadatta road,
    When along came a semi with a high and canvas-covered load.
    If you’re goin’ to Oodnadatta, mate, um, with me you can ride.
    So I climbed in the cabin and I settled down inside.
    He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand, I said
    Listen, mate, I’ve travelled ev’ry road in this here land.

    Cause I’ve been everywhere, man,
    I’ve been everywhere, man.
    ‘Cross the deserts bare, man;
    I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
    Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
    I’ve been everywhere.

    “Been to . . “

    I’ve been to Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba,
    Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah,
    Birdsville, Emmaville, Wallaville, Cunnamulla,
    Condamine, Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla,
    Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla,
    Wallambilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla,
    I’m a killer.

    I’ve been everywhere, man.
    ‘Cross the deserts bare, man;
    I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
    Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
    I’ve been everywhere.

    “Yeah but listen here, mate, have you been to…”

    I’ve been to Moree, Taree, Jerilderie, Bambaroo,
    Toowoomba, Gunnedah, Caringbah, Woolloomooloo,
    Dalveen, Tamborine, Engadine, Jindabyne,
    Lithgow, Casino, Brigalow and Narromine,
    Megalong, Wyong, Tuggerawong, Wanganella,
    Morella, Augathella, Brindabella, I’m the feller.

    I’ve been everywhere, man.
    ‘Cross the deserts bare, man;
    I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
    Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
    I’ve been everywhere.

    “Yeah, I know that, but have you been to…”

    I’ve been to Wollongong, Geelong, Kurrajong, Mullumbimby,
    Mittagong, Molong, Grong Grong, Goondiwindi,
    Yarra Yarra, Bouindarra, Wallangarra, Turramurra,
    Boggabri, Gundagai, Narrabri, Tibooburra,
    Gulgong, Adelong, Billabong, Cabramatta,
    Parramatta, Wangaratta, Coolangatta, what’s it matter?

    I’ve been everywhere, man.
    ‘Cross the deserts bare, man;
    I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
    Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
    I’ve been everywhere.

    “Yeah, look that’s fine, but how about…”

    I’ve been to Ettalong, Dandenong, Woodenbong, Ballarat,
    Canberra, Milperra, Unanderra, Captain’s Flat,
    Cloncurry, River Murray, Kurri Kurri, Girraween,
    Terrigal, Fingal, Stockinbingal, Collaroy and Narrabeen,
    Bendigo, Dorrigo, Bangalow, Indooroopilly,
    Kirribilli, Yeerongpilly, Wollondilly, don’t be silly.

    I’ve been everywhere, man.
    ‘Cross the deserts bare, man;
    I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
    Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
    I’ve been everywhere.
    I’ve been here, there, everywhere, I’ve been everywhere.

    “Okay, mate, you’ve been ev’ry place except one,
    and ya don’t need my help t’get there . . .”

  8. @SydneyStephen.

    First off, sorry, for being ambiguous – and noisy to boot.

    I was under the impression that you mistook the MDN Take on Boot Camp, as to have been written by a newbie Editor/Scribe, who is offering a profundity of maturity and sophistication to the aforementioned MDN Take. I was (a rather pointless exercise I admit) illustrating that the MDN Take was lifted from a piece they posted back in April 05, 2006, and as such does not constitute a change in personnel or a new level of maturity in their repeated commentary.

    On a personal note, I like the MDN Takes more often than not, and over time and on reflection, they prove to be veracious.

    I mentioned that I might have bolloxed up my understanding of what you were articulating, C’est la Vie, but I was, at best, trying to set the record straight re the MDN Take.

    As for the “I’ve been everywhere, man.” i just wanted to share that Aussie original with everyone, everywhere – noisy or not.

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