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April 25, 2006

Windows XP on Apple Hardware in the Wild

Well, I've seen it with my own eyes. Windows XP running on a MacBook Pro. Steve Lucas from Business Objects is giving a presentation at MySQL UC 2006 and is using XP on his Mac for doing a presentation and giving a demo of Crystal Reports (on Windows) using MySQL (on Windows).

It sounds like on Saturday (three days ago) Steve got his MacBook Pro and went through the process of installing Windows XP in order to demo Crystal Reports, which is Windows-based.

This supports my thinking about why it makes sense for Apple to allow Windows on the Mac. People who would have never purchased a Mac before are now able to buy them without risking the problems that come with trying to integrate with a business that has Windows-only products. Steve mentions that he will be trying OS X as well, which means you've given a Windows person a chance to have OS X readily availble for playing with.

Posted by mike at April 25, 2006 1:20 PM