With Boot Camp I think Apple finally got it and realizes that proprietary OSes are doomed. There is simply too much creativity loose in the world today to allow a single company to act as the enabler to what is possible with computers. Gawd, what am I, some kind of gigantical troll?? Today's updates at the bottom.
They have just recognized that and said "We're out of here" to the OS space. I'm interested to see where they turn their focus.
Schobelizer is frankly stunned by the whole thing. At least that's the impression I get from his blog. What exactly is he saying??? Bonus points to anyone who can explain his post in 3 sentences or less.
Chrono Tron says the ball is in Microsoft's court and then has a rousing game of tennis.
Microsoft LOVES Boot Camp and I am sure they'll say that shortly. After all, Boot Camp sells more copies of Windows without threatening more sophisticated products like Microsoft's own Virtual PC…
…I predict that Apple will settle on 64-bit Intel processors ASAP (with FireWire 800 please), and at that time will announce a product similar to Boot Camp to allow OS X to run on bog-standard 32-bit PC hardware, turning the Boot Camp relationship on its head and trying to sell $99 copies of OS X to 100 million or so Windows owners.
Update, April 8
Al sends along Daring Fireball's Windows: The New Classic, a beautifully writeen analysis that I feel is spot on. It also features juicy lines like:
And this points to the rather delicious conclusion that Apple is casting Windows, including Vista, as the new Classic.
Windows is so ubiquitous that the vast majority of Mac users are already quite familiar with it; I see no chance that Boot Camp is going to cause any Mac users to realize that they’ve been missing out on something better.
Oh, this is Mac-love at its most passionate. He's right though. It's an operating system with a special beauty.
Update to the Update of April 8
Full disclosure: Mac is my preferred OS.Probably obvious given my commie tendencies, but always best to be up front about such things.