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Okay, someone at Apple HQ has a sick sense of humor.

Sick as in making people up north sick. The release of Boot Camp, a small application that allows you to install and use Windows XP on a Mac (running Intel chips of course) is proof that one should never ever believe what Apple says. After all for the longest time, the company issued half-hearted denials about no-interest in having Windows run on a Mac. Yeah right – that’s like saying that Steve Jobs has a wardrobe full of rainbow colored mock-neck sweaters.

Like Erick, even I think this could actually help the Mac market share a tad. But the bigger picture: this could turn the heat on PC makers to actually work on coming out with hardware that matches the coolness of a Mac. (For me personally, coolness has turned to serious hotness. MacBook Pro is near life threatening, in the future tense sort of a way!)

Pacific Crest Securities analyst Steve Lidberg thinks that Apple will make switching between WinXP and OS-X seamless in its forthcoming Leopard OS release. From a financial impact, Lidberg calculates that a 1% gain in the market share means 20 cents per share.

  Windows XP on Macbook Pro Originally uploaded by heavylift.

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jason

Has it occurred to anyone that Apple is simply doing this as a preemptive strike to stop the potential flood of support calls caused by users that tried (and failed) to get Windoze installed on their Intel-based Mac??

Seems to me that a smallish investment in this development effort will pay off in a lot of savings in support calls.

sameer

Not sure why this is a big deal. The ability to make Linux/Xp dual boot machine has always been there. Now its OSX/XP. It would be interesting if they could share the fielsystem or go a step beyond simply providing the user a choice between XP or Mac at boot time. They need to make the switch seamless and allow access/sharing of files .

ABC

I’m worried that the software publishers will lose the incentive to put things out for MacOS. For instance, Adobe can now say, you can run Photoshop Windoze Edition on your Mac. Who needs an OS X version? End of life. No?

Vic

Ha! Love it. Now I’m waiting for Leapard to be available for all intel hardware! Then get an Origami device and have it run OSX. (Wishful thinking?)

Jason

If your MacBook Pro has heating issues you can bring it back to the store and they will replace it. They came out with a new revision that solves the problems MacBook Pros were having, including getting too hot to touch.

Om Malik

also, tester 59, just not quite sure about your opening line/argument. thanks for reading the blog, and your comments. i appreciate those and sorry to lose you. best of luck with everything

Om Malik

tester 59- well if you see the product announcements, (their first quarter performance will bear it out) their success in storage, and increasingly in the corporate sector, well, you will see 2006 will be the year of mac.

speed wise: not sure where you read that on this blog, but it has been a constant gripe of mine, just like i have said they price the products too high. anyway i think apple is doing all things right in 2006, and sorry if it makes me sound like a politican.

Matt

Wow tester 59 –

Om as bad as a politician?! Thats just going to far!

More on topic though –

I use a mac every day – its sitting on my Left as I work on this Dell because my office uses PC and I need access to our corporate data. Macs running WinXP will ensure this is the year of the mac.

My Powerbook g4 was paid for by me – not the office. and its nearing 3 yrs as a solid work horse. My company would gladly buy me any WinXP machine. But they just can’t justify supporting and running MacOS so I support it myself. If they make it any bit easier for me to run both systems and let me work on one machine that means one less dell sold one more Mac in the corporation. ANd one more opportunity to slowly switch people on to Mac OS.

I know of at least three other users who can’t justify running two PC’s but if they had a choice they’d run with a Mac on Winxp at work and experiment with Mac OS in their spare time.

Matt

Now just release a 12in MacBook – wait 6 weeks and I’ll buy.

tester 59

You guys are unbelievable!! A while back you claimed that 2006 will be the year for the MAC (which was not really based on any factual data). So how does Windows running on a MAC validate that? Why should anyone buy a MAC to run XP when one can get better hardware for a lesser cost? Unless of course OSX users want to use applications that run on XP, which eventually benefits the Windows market not Mac’s. Also if XP & OSX can run on the same hardware, what does that do to Apple’s claim of Mac’s being faster? Which incidentally was never true, just hype. It seems that you guys are worse off than politicians, saying something one day & recanting on it a few days later without any accountability. Pathetically disappointing & I am sure it does not matter to you, but you just lost one reader for your Blog.

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