Windows on Mac: Who Wants It and Why?
Opinion: Microsoft Watch asked who out there in Windows land would be interested in running XP on Intel-based Macs. Here's a sampling of who is (and isn't) ready to jump on the bandwagonand why. (Microsoft Watch)It wasnt a rhetorical question we posed on April 5, the day Apple Computer announced it was fielding a first beta of "Boot Camp," software that would allow Intel-based Mac users to dual-boot Windows XP and Mac OS X. We really wanted to know who out there in Windows land was interested in Boot Camp and why. The idea of dual-booting Windows and the Mac OS sounded rather kludgey, to this user. As Microsoft Watch readers know, I admire the Mac OS look and feel. I think Apple hardware is stunning, compared to my dowdy old ThinkPad. But I am a Windows user, through and through. I cannot get used to the Mac. I dont need any apps that run on the Mac only.
The lack of MS Project and Visio on the Mac are a major stumbling block for many enterprise users. I run Virtual PC just to have access to those apps. There are pretty good alternatives to Visio; however, I havent found an acceptable replacement for Project. The dual-boot environment is of limited interest, in that I need to run Project at the same time as the rest of my Mac environment, so Ill continue to use Virtual PC, and hope that access to the Intel hardware will improve its performance. Gregg TeHennepe
Sr. Manager, Systems Administration
The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine
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