On Sunday I referenced a post at Engadget that suggested the Mac would soon have the ability to run Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Well today Apple released software called “Boot Camp” that allows Mac owners to do just that:
The software, which will be included in Mac OS X 10.5, called Leopard, is available for download now on Apple’s Web site. Apple will also preview Boot Camp in August at its Worldwide Developer Conference, the company said.
“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,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in a statement.
Apparently the software only works with Windows XP for now, and there are no plans to support Windows Vista (yet). First they switch to Intel processors, now this. Are OS X’s days numbered? Is Apple going to take my advice and become just a hardware company? The argument is becoming easier and easier to make!
Read: CNET News.com