Microsoft enters the Apple basket

Apple has released a new application that allows Intel-based Macs to dual-boot between Microsoft’s Windows XP and its Mac OS X operating system (OS).

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  April 12, 2006

Apple has released a new application that allows Intel-based Macs to dual-boot between Microsoft’s Windows XP and its Mac OS X operating system (OS). The software - dubbed Boot Camp - is currently available as a free download (from www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp) and allows Mac users with a Windows XP installation CD to easily install the OS. The new software is aimed at users who need to occasionally run programs or access services that are not available on a Mac. Boot Camp users have a choice of booting either to the Mac OS or Windows XP. According to the firm, it plans to include the software as part of Apple’s next operating system - codenamed Leopard - due to release by the end of this year. “Apple has no desire or plans to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that they use Intel processors,” stated Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing for Apple on Technews.com. “We believe the ability to run Windows XP on a Mac will make Apple’s hardware all the more appealing to PC users wanting to make the switch.” Accompanying the software is Boot Camp Assistant (BCA), which aims to simplify the Windows installation process by providing a wizard to create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows and burn a CD with all the necessary drivers. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP when they restart their PC. The CD created by BCA also installs a small Windows utility, similar to the Mac’s Start-up Disk preference pane that allows a user to choose a Windows or Mac start-up volume. In addition, users can choose which volume to boot from at start-up by holding down the ‘Option’ key and picking from a list of available volumes, which lists both Windows and Mac installations.

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