Apple Enables Windows XP on Intel-based Mac

The moment everyone has been waiting for? Apple Introduces Boot Camp. This beta offering is designed to allow Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP, and will become a feature in an upcoming OS X release. From the PR release:

Apple(R) today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac(R), and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS(R) X or Windows XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in “Leopard,” Apple’s next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in August.

“Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”

Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

Big news? Maybe big enough to get me to switch. Windows XP would still be my OS of choice, not because I think it is the superior OS, but simply because I am so “locked-in”. It would be nice to leverage all the goodness of OS X for design and development, and of course the Mac would look so much better on my desk. Hmm…

Via: Paul Thurrott