Thursday, April 06, 2006

Intel Macs Officially Run XP

Hackers did it first. Now Apple's using it to sell a lot more Macs.

Apple has released beta freeware to let Intel-based Macs run Windows XP.

This is a brilliant marketing ploy. They even managed a small swipe at Microsoft in the instructions: Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries.

Maybe John C. Dvorak wasn't so crazy after all. Maybe that's why Apple didn't invite him to their 30th birthday party.

1 comment:

Robbie said...

I bought one of the intel iMacs because I knew someone would figure out how to get windows to run. I'm planning on bootcamping this afternoon. There's still too much software that I wouldn't be able to use, a few things on the mac are way easier, but a few are also significantly harder. This way I'll get the best of both worlds.

BTW- have you seen the cameo John C. Dvorak and Steve Gibson have in the cigar sitcom podcast. It's pretty random, but funny.