Apple: "Fine, but don't say we didn't warn you."

Apple's marketing is awesome. Seriously.

Here are some quotes from Apple regarding their new Boot Camp software, which allows you to install Windows on an Intel-powered Mac. (Yes, you still keep your Mac OS as well.)

From the press release
Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows...
- Phil Schiller

From the Boot Camp page
Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have to scrounge around the Internet for them.*

• A printer for the instructions (You'll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
- Item on the "What you'll need" list

Don't forget to follow best practices for updating and protecting your Windows system (see "Word to the wise" to right).

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.

Word to the Wise
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.

# of times Apple mentions that it does not sell or support Windows

* I once had to do a Windows install on a Dell, and even though I used the CD that came with the computer, it took quite a bit of work to get the drivers, considering even the network card didn't work without one. I ended up downloading most of the drivers on our iMac and burning a CD. In Dell's defense, they did provide a separate CD of drivers, however it was cracked and unusable.

Posted: Wednesday - April 05, 2006 at 02:45 PM