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6. Mac OS 9 Programs—and Windows Programs > Boot Camp: Your Mac as Windows PC

Boot Camp: Your Mac as Windows PC

In April 2006, Apple shocked the Cult of Macintosh by releasing what seemed to be a heretical piece of software called Boot Camp. Its sole purpose: to let you install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, so that you can run any of the tens of thousands of Windows-only programs.

Some people hated the idea—and didn’t see the point. Wouldn’t Boot Camp open up the Mac to the nightmare world of viruses and spyware that PC owners confront every day? (The answer, by the way, is yes. If you install Windows on your Mac, you must also install Windows antivirus and antispyware software to protect that half of the computer. The Mac side is still unaffected by Windows viruses, however.)

But think of all the potential switchers who are tempted by the Mac’s sleek looks, yet worry about leaving Windows behind entirely. Or the people who love Apple’s iLife programs, but have jobs that rely on Microsoft Access, Outlook or some other piece of Windows corporate-ware. Even true-blue Mac fans occasionally look longingly at some of the Windows-only software (and Internet Explorer-only Web sites) they thought they’d never be able to use.


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