Apple today introduced Boot Camp beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP.
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Boot Camp is expected to be included in "Leopard," the next release of Mac OS X, due to be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August.
Are the strange bedfellow operating systems really in the same bed at last? No. The Apple approach is a bit less than elegant, and hardly in the class of virtual machine technology becoming more widely available. Users must hold down the option key at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. Users must restart to come back to the Mac. For some folks, a TripLite switch may still do the trick.