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April 5, 2006

Good for both Steves - Jobs and Ballmer?

Posted by Brier Dudley at 10:03 AM

Is it good for Microsoft or bad for Microsoft that Apple's next operating system will make it easier to load Windows onto a Mac?

Apple's stock leaped this morning on the news that "Leopard," the company's next OS, will have a feature called "Boot Camp" that will help users load Windows XP onto their systems. This sort of capability has been expected since Apple began selling Intel-powered Macs this year, but Apple surprised the tech community by releasing a test version of Boot Camp today.

At first blush it sounds like a huge threat to the dominant Windows-Intel PC platform. But it could mean that Microsoft will sell more copies of Windows, and its shares rose on the news as well.

The big question is whether anyone will want to run XP on a Mac by the time a Boot Camp is finalized. By then, XP will be eclipsed by Windows Vista and Leopard.

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