Apple on Wednesday introduced Boot Camp, a program to allow Windows XP to run on an Intel-based Macintosh.
Although Windows has already been successfully booted on several Macs, the software is Apple's acknowledgement that customers are interested in dual-booting the Apple OS as well as Windows XP on tis new Intel-powered Macs.
Boot Camp will also be a feature of "Leopard," Apple's next major release of its OS X operating system that will be previewed at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference this August.
The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as an 83-Mbyte download at Apple's Boot Camp web site, and is "preview software licensed" for use on a trial basis for an undisclosed, limited time.
"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, in a statement. "We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch."
Unsurprisingly, Apple will not support the trial version of Boot Camp.
To use the software, users need an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.