Friday, April 07, 2006

Microsoft on a Mac

Last March two hackers managed to get the Windows XP operating system running on a Macintosh computer with chips manufactured by Intel, thus winning $13,854 for the trouble and spurring Apple to think, 'What can we do to capitalise on this?' What they decided to do was use the feat to create a new feature for their upcoming Leopard operating system, which is to be called Boot Camp and will allow the hard drive to be partitioned to run both Windows XP and the Macintosh operating system.

As this feat promises compatibility with more programmes for Mac without having to wait for the company to release a modification of the programme that they released for the Windows computer, it's a sign that Apple is trying to roll right back at Windows for trying to buy them out and thus establish a monopoly more than six years ago. Having composed virtually everything on a Windows computer but having used a Macintosh as my first computer, you would probably visualise me as a sceptic that's afraid of the overwhelming possibilities that the hacking now affords Apple; compatibility means more acceptance in the corporate environment, which in turn will mean the evening out of costs, which, despite the frail popularity of Macs in the corporate world, are priced based on their visual material.

In other words, it's time to get a little more colour and variety into our lives, even if it does mean that extra penny.

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