With Boot Camp, Mac can do Windows too
April 8, 2006 by Gaman
According to Apple computer:
More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OSX – Leopard – that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac.
Or if you just can’t wait until summer… Apple computer announced recently, a public beta of “Boot Camp” which allows you to install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac.
In addition to an Intel based Mac, all you need is the Boot Camp download and a bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional.
But Apple also reminds users:
Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.
In a related issue, a user brought up the question about waranty, specifically whether installing Boot camp void the waranty. I am not a Mac user but this might concern you if you are thinking of installing Boot Camp on your Mac.
MacRumors.com writes Microsoft’s response to Apple’s release of Boot Camp with a positive statement:
And Microsoft took the opportunity to salute the move, and itself. “Windows is a great operating system,” a Microsoft statement said. “We’re pleased that Apple customers are excited about running it, and that Apple is responding to meet the demand.”
Apple also explains:
Boot Camp makes the Mac way more appealing to Windows users who are considering the switch by lowering the barrier to moving to Mac
A number of early benchmarks are starting to appear comparing the speed of Windows XP to Mac OS X as well as Windows XP on the Mac compared to other PCs:
- Cinebench 9.8 scores WinXP vs Mac OS X (Bootcamp)
- Adobe Photoshop CS Windows vs Mac (Bootcamp) – note: Mac Photoshop on Intel Core Duo is emulated
- PCMark ’04 MacBook Pro 1.83 vs HP 309F 1.83GHz (Bootcamp)