Apple releases Vista-compatible Boot Camp

Apple releases Vista-compatible Boot Camp

Summary: On March 28, Apple released a new version of Boot Camp, 1.2, that is compatible with 32-bit Vista. Boot Camp is Apple-developed software that allows Windows to run on top of the Mac OS without requiring emulation.

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It looks like DigiTimes was wrong on at least part of its story about Apple having to delay Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" due to its inability to get Boot Camp to run Windows Vista.

On March 28, Apple released a new version of Boot Camp, 1.2, that is compatible with 32-bit Vista. Boot Camp is Apple-developed software that allows Intel-based Macs to run Windows  without requiring emulation.

What Apple still hasn't answered publicly is whether Leopard has been delayed, as DigiTimes claimed. I realize Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg said that Apple told him that Leopard is not delayed and will ship this spring. That isn't what Apple told me when I asked for comment on DigiTimes' Boot Camp/Leopard story.

An Apple spokesman told me:

"We don't comment on rumors and we've made no announcements about Leopard availability more specific than Spring 2007."

Even though Apple doesn't try to pretend that greater transparency is part of its corporate strategy, wouldn't it be to the company's advantage to deny rumors when they are patently false? Microsoft will do that much -- at least on occasion.

On a related note, Apple seemingly is still struggling with Vista compatibility on the iTunes front. Microsoft issued this week a patch for one of the compatibility problems some iPod users are encountering when running iTunes on Vista.

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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