The technology industry witnessed something late this week that many analysts would have never predicted: Apple opened up their hardware, now allowing, through means of new software called “Boot Camp” users to run Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system, as an alternative to their own Mac OS X.
The Mac enthusiast groups suggest that this is a move to make Apple a more hardware company, and slowly slide out of the OS market, working on removing Dell and such ‘competitors’ from their pole positions. Right now, that’s unlikely:
To buy a Apple computer today, with intent to put Windows on it would be absurd. You’d have to buy the computer (at Apple’s inflated hardware rates), download Boot Camp, buy Windows XP (after already paying for Mac OS), then install everything. There’s no gain, you end up with a product that costs more, and does less.
Robert Cringley suggests that Boot Camp on it’s own is “boring” or unexciting software, with little to contribute - quick to point out that you can’t run both operating systems at once (”virtualization”) and (to be specific) you “can’t copy and paste between the two.”
Sources speculate that Microsoft and Apple have some form of behind the scenes marriage going on, suggesting that Microsoft is working with Apple to ensure that Windows Vista (again delayed until January) will run perfectly on those new Apple x86, Intel based computers.
Cringley points out that making Windows available to Mac hardware would have no higher objective than to increase Apple hardware sales, and possibly to do the opposite in the future - make Mac OS available for regular Intel-based PCs.