Running Windows on the Mac may be sport for some, but it's not likely to be all that attractive to the business world. For one thing, Boot Camp provides a new way for Windows viruses to creep inside the firewall. Corporate PCs have Windows antivirus programs installed. Macs don't: Until now, they've been considered immune.
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Shocking, even if inevitable
Boot Camp may let Apple expand its desktop market share, estimated at less than 5%. Given the number of people who work on Windows at the office but might want a Mac at home, Boot Camp makes buying a Mac slightly more feasible if it can run Windows XP programs. Applications such as AutoDesk's AutoCad design software have been available only under Windows. "Apple is acquiescing to the inevitable," says Gordon Haff, an analyst with Illuminata, noting that Macs now are built with Intel chips. "If the Mac is built on an Intel system, people are going to look for ways to run Windows on it."
It may not be all that practical, but many techies won't be able to resist. Drakeford says he plans to boot it up at home--just "to see if it works."
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