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2006-04-05
So is the world going to end now?
Wow. What we hear today... People who go "Apple's doomed now" and "Apple's back in business now", but nobody really gets what's happening...
Apple doesn't have to care whether switchers actually use Mac OS X on their new intel Macs. As long as they buy a Mac, they're counted as Mac users in all market-share statistics. Plus: The hardware's where Apple's money is. Chances are, that people who buy Macs to run Windows on them, will at least try OS X. Again and again. And I'm sure that once you have a Mac, even if you're using Windows on one, you're still tempted by what Leopard will have to offer.
But just don't forget one thing: As earth-shattering as today's announcement may seem - there were people booting Windows XP on their intel Macs yesterday, too. Yeah, it's Apple now giving support and making this easier, but it's not *unseen* or anything.
My advice: Just nod, smile and move on. At least on my Mac, this hasn't changed anything. And even if I were using an intel Mac, I'd still look forward to using Windows apps in a VPC way or using real virtualisation schemes. Because if I had booted my intel Mac into Windows, I guess I wouldn't have access to Mail.app or a real version of Photoshop (Windows versions of Adobe apps have a strange "backdrop" window that hides the desktop and every application "behind" the frontmost Adobe app, effectively killing "drag & drop"...).
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