Laplink Software has begun offering a new product that the company says will allow files, setting and software applications to migrate from a Windows computer to an Intel-based Macintosh.
This new migration software, called PCmover, works with Apple Computers Boot Camp software, which allows Intel-based Macs to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP.
Once only used for PC-to-PC migration, this version of PCmover will allow users to transfer not only files and setting but also Windows software applications from a PC to a Mac, Laplink officials said in a Sept. 19 statement.
PCmover allows users to perform the migration transfers either through Laplink USB cables, through any local network, or through removable media, such as DVD-R or external hard drives.
The downloaded version of PCmover for Macs is priced at $39.95.
Apple first began offering the beta version of Boot Camp on April 5 and has since offered several updates. Boot Camp is available for Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 and will be bundled in OS X Version 10.5 “Leopard,” which the computer makes says will be released by the spring of 2007.
On Jan. 10, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the first Intel-based Mac, and the company has steadily updated its line of notebooks and desktops throughout the year.
The coupling of Mac with Intel, along with the Boot Camp software, appears to have started paying dividends for the company and has allowed Apple to better compete with PCs that use Microsofts Windows. The company said it sold a little more than 1.3 million Macs during the third quarter, a 12 percent growth from a year ago.