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Apple Offers Windows On Macs

Apple's new Intel Macs can now officially run Windows. The computer company today introduced a public beta of <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/">Boot Camp</a>, software that lets licensed users of Microsoft Windows XP install Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The result is a computer that can boot Mac OS X or Windows.

Thomas Claburn

April 5, 2006

1 Min Read

Apple's new Intel Macs can now officially run Windows. The computer company today introduced a public beta of Boot Camp, software that lets licensed users of Microsoft Windows XP install Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The result is a computer that can boot Mac OS X or Windows.

The Internet community has been feverishly trying to create just such a chimera since Apple announced its Intel-based Macs in January. One site, OnMac.net, went so far as to offer a bounty to the first person to accomplish the feat. A winner was announced on March 16.As one poster on Slashdot.org wryly observed today, "Steve Jobs just missed out on winning $12,000 in the boot XP on a Mac contest!!! And you know the dude needs the cash since he is only paid $1 a year as Apple's CEO. I bet he is just kicking himself right now."

More like he's smiling as he opens the door to increased market share among businesses and gamers. Microsoft comes out ahead, too--users don't get Windows for free. And whether computer users buy beige boxes or Apple hardware, Intel gets paid. The real loser here may be Dell (which has been making noticeable strides to make its computers more aesthetically competitive with Macs).

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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