There’s several interesting posts appearing on Apple’s Boot Camp, which lets you dual-boot OS X and Windows XP. Kevin Briody, for example, posts a link to a TUAW post about how Boot Camp potentially gives a huge boost to educational establishments who can now buy one hardware platform to run both systems.
There’s a couple of potential issues with this rosy view. The first is summed up by Phil Schiller’s quote in Apple’s press release on Boot Camp:
"Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows"
If you were awarding a contract for several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of computers, would you give the money over to a hardware maker that isn’t going to support the OS that you use at least 50% of the time? Of course not. And unless Apple starts to actively support the use of Windows on Macs, that’s not going to change. Plus, of course, each machine you buy will require a full, licensed copy of Windows – adding quite a bit to the cost of the machine.
The second issue is that Apple’s hardware isn’t actually all that great for running Windows on. It’s still more expensive on the consumer side, and it’s not particularly well-specced compared with dedicated Windows machines on the laptop side.
For home and business users who want a Mac and who occasionally need to run Windows, this is a great solution. But I doubt it will make much difference to businesses or education.