Apple supports dual booting OS X or Windows



An announcement by Apple today has sent shock waves through the computing community, Apple announced a product called Boot Camp that on the next release of OS X (Leopard) will allow people to dual boot into Windows. This is good news for those that have two computers on their desks now. The big question everyone will be asking is will applications run without issue as Apple is not going to support Windows only make it possible to load.

I am sure Windows hardware vendors are now going to have to take a long hard look at producing a computer that will run both operating systems. Microsoft may have something to say as well as they have a stake in protecting the vendors that build windows machines. [Apple]

I would predict though that if a Windows vendor like Dell or HP built a machine capable of running OS X that Apple may regret doing this as their hardware sales would go plummet

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3 thoughts on “Apple supports dual booting OS X or Windows

  1. This is not new. I still have my Apple Power Macintosh 6100/66 (a faster clock than the 6100/60).
    It runs an OS 7.6/8 hybrid (my doing) and more importantly, has a dual board which allows Windows. Due to limits, I maxed it out on 3.11 for Workgroups.

    I start it up in Mac, then hit Apple-Enter and BOOM I’m on the Windows desktop.

    They only made them the one year (1995) but being able to copy things over on the clipboard from ClarisWorks on the Mac side to Word on the PC side alone is worth keeping it (though I have a few other favorite things to do with it involving Oscar in the trash, shufflepuck and Chip’s Challenge).

    Guess Apple is looking back…to the future.

  2. “I would predict though that if a Windows vendor like Dell or HP built a machine capable of running OS X that Apple may regret doing this as their hardware sales would go plummet”

    This wont happen for two reasons:
    1) Dell can’t simply create a box that runs OSX, they would require a license from apple to use it on their machines, and that won’t happen. (That’s why you don’t see any cheap PCs that can run OSX now).

    2) even if Dell could build such a box (which they cant), Apple has always positioned itself as the “mercedes benz” of personal computers – people buy macs because they are quality machines, and becuase they love the elegence, style and attention to detail that apple provides. Dell simply cannot match apple in that regard.

  3. “I would predict though that if a Windows vendor like Dell or HP built a machine capable of running OS X that Apple may regret doing this as their hardware sales would go plummet”

    This wont happen for two reasons:
    1) Dell can’t simply create a box that runs OSX, they would require a license from apple to use it on their machines, and that won’t happen. (That’s why you don’t see any cheap PCs that can run OSX now).

    2) even if Dell could build such a box (which they cant), Apple has always positioned itself as the “mercedes benz” of personal computers – people buy macs because they are quality machines, and becuase they love the elegence, style and attention to detail that apple provides. Dell simply cannot match apple in that regard.

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