Line the pigs up on the runways because Apple has officially announced software to enable Windows XP installations on its Macintosh lines.
‘Boot Camp’, a public beta software destined to become the hottest app on the net, is the tool to do it and has been made immediately available. It enables an XP installation CD to run on any Intel based Mac and creates a dual boot menu allowing users to start either Windows or Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) on their machines.
Apple says that Boot Camp will be a finalised feature in Leopard, the next major release of Mac OS X, which is to be previewed at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in August.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, explained the logic behind the move, “Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors. We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”
Nice opportunistic PC dig from Schiller apart, let’s get down to brass tacks. How Boot Camp works will be familiar to many who run dual boot systems since it creates a second partition on a Mac hard drive for Windows to be installed. Where it goes one step further is by overriding all the prohibitive code which has been making amateurs programmers pull their hair out for months and providing a graphical step-by-step menu to help users through the entire installation process.
The big question in all of this – which, to be honest, still has me blowing my cheeks out in disbelief – is whether this is an incredibly smart or an incredibly stupid move by the feline obsessed white fetishist. Certainly it should see sales of their beautifully styled desktops and laptops skyrocket but it could ultimately deal a fatal blow to the company’s well crafted OS. Is this the day Apple hardware burst into the mainstream or the day the Tiger was put down? We can only wait and see…