I was reading an article by Sam Gerstenzang entitled ‘Why Boot Camp is the Beginning of the End for Windows‘ (ok, so i’m four months behind on my feed-reading) and mostly I agree with his conclusion, that although Boot Camp enables more of the market to run Windows, it will eventually cause the downfall of Windows itsself.
One thing that occurred to me is that even when (if?) Boot Camp is to be included in the upcoming OSX Leopard, users still need to run the program within OSX to install Windows on a Mac.
If I were Steve Jobs, I’d plan to integrate Boot Camp into the wizard that OSX launches (to configure the machine) when a new Mac is first used by the end user. If the options available were…
- Customise OSX
- Customise OSX and install Windows
- Just install Windows, and set it as the startup
…Apple would be able to catch the market of users who will never want to leave Windows but do want a reliable and stylish machine. This wouldn’t necessarily speed up the downfall of Windows, but would bring Apple some of the market share currently owned by Dell, Lenovo and other large scale hardware manufacturers.