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Apple mocks the history of Windows in its latest ads, comparing Windows 7 to such flops as Windows ME.  (Source: Apple)

However, Apple can't seem to resist Microsoft's quality software -- it announced today that it will be offering Boot Camp support for Windows 7 by the end of the year.  (Source: Gizmodo)
As much as Apple pretends not to love Microsoft, it can't seem to stop supporting it

Apple delivered its launch day anti-Windows 7 ads as promised.  The new ads poke fun at Microsoft's history, comparing Windows 7 to past unpopular Windows OS's that were initially lauded.  The new ad flashes back to a younger Vista era PC saying that Vista would have the problems of past Windows... and a Windows ME PC...  and a Windows 2.0 PC.  The new commercials were one of the few downers for Microsoft on a day that was filled with excitement.  

But try as hard as it wants, Apple just can't seem to bring itself to truly rain on Windows 7's launch party.  Truth be told, though Apple will never admit it, its very good friends with Microsoft.  After all, Microsoft offers one of the most popular pieces of software for Macs -- Microsoft Office for Mac.

And for the last three years two of the most popular operating systems on a Mac besides OS X were Windows XP and Windows Vista.  Apple may pretend that Windows is buggy and worthy of scorn, but when it comes down to it, the allure of the productive, functional OS is too much to resist and too much to deny its customers.

Apple even showed Microsoft a bit of love on Windows 7 launch day.  Responding to a deluge of comments from Apple MacBook owners pleading for official Windows 7 Boot Camp support, Apple revealed that it will be adding support for the new OS before the end of the year.

Granted, it won't be adding support for all Macs.  Certain older iMacs and MacBooks Pro from 2006 won't be allowed to use Windows 7.  Its unclear why, considering these computers have Intel processors and in theory could have specs more than capable of running the new OS.

Mac owners looking to get their Windows 7 groove on can probably it already, following the directions posted here.  

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RE: Why?
By phatboye on 10/23/2009 2:02:08 AM , Rating: 2
... or maybe they don't want to spend developement time writing boot camp drivers for older, no longer supported chipsets and video cards.

RE: Why?
By just4U on 10/23/2009 4:33:09 AM , Rating: 3
I'd say the likely scenario is they don't want windows 7 to breath new life into these older machines... which in theory it could since Win7 does play quite well with older hardware.

RE: Why?
By dark matter on 10/23/2009 7:12:51 AM , Rating: 5
The same chipsets and hardware that windows 7 supports anyway? It's only the BIOS that is different on a mac, the rest is OEM hardware.

RE: Why?
By omnicronx on 10/23/2009 1:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
There still has to be some sort of BIOS emulation going on via EFI. Remember you needed to update your EFI chip to use Bootcamp in the first place, so perhaps there is something missing from earlier Mac's that does not make Windows 7 support possible.

That being said, some of the other scenarios mentioned are just as likely.

RE: Why?
By BlendMe on 10/24/2009 10:55:32 AM , Rating: 2
The 2006 (low end) iMac used the Intel GMA 950 chipset which, as far as I know, Intel doesn't even support on Windows 7. I could be wrong though. The last time I tried it was with Win 7 beta (on a Sony laptop) and I couldn't get Aero to work due to missing drivers. That graphics hardware was pretty crappy so I wouldn't be surprised if Aero didn't work at all. And that could be reason enough for Apple not to support it.

My question is: What about the better equipped Macs?

And yes... other OEM's do that too.

RE: Why?
By dark matter on 10/26/2009 9:53:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, aero will not work in a GMA 950. But that isn't due to a lack of drivers rather than incapable hardware.

RE: Why?
By othercents on 10/27/2009 1:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 works on Intel GMA950 Netbooks which is one of the target markets that Microsoft wanted it get especially since they have been trying to discontinue Windows XP. Granted Aero won't work, but Aero is definitely not the #1 reasons to buy Windows 7 either.

Windows 7 shouldn't be a problem on the older macbooks. Someone will figure out how to get them to run with or without Apple.


RE: Why?
By djcameron on 10/23/2009 9:39:10 AM , Rating: 5
On those oh-so-obsolete 3 year old computers? Gimme a break. We all know that Apple is all about planned obsolescence. You can't be cool if you don't have the latest Mac!

RE: Why?
By Omega215D on 10/23/2009 10:46:38 AM , Rating: 3
Then people turn around and start complaining that the new Windows OS doesn't have drivers for their 3 year old printer or 8 yr old software. Then when the OS does support their stuff people complain that the installation is bloated. WTF?

Sorry, just tired of having stuff advancing so slowly because of idiots...

RE: Why?
By Alexstarfire on 10/23/09, Rating: 0
RE: Why?
By PrinceGaz on 10/23/2009 2:46:03 PM , Rating: 3
When was the last 32-bit CPU even sold? Had to be at least before Vista.

The last 32-bit x86 CPU was probably sold just a few minutes ago, because VIA are still shipping C7 processors and they do not support x86-64.

RE: Why?
By overzealot on 10/23/2009 9:07:50 PM , Rating: 3
I believe that Intel still ships n and z series atoms, which also lack x64 support

RE: Why?
By dark matter on 10/26/2009 9:56:17 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly what can a printer do today that your 3 year old printer couldn't do?

I can understand if you were jumping from dot matrix to ink jet. However for the average owner a 3 year old printer is fine. In fact a 5 year old printer is fine.

Sorry, just tired of having to buy a new ******* printer because some crappy company stopped making the cartridges all because some idiot on the internet thought I was slowing him down somehow.

RE: Why?
By SiliconAddict on 10/23/2009 10:48:34 PM , Rating: 1
Yah because a chipset driver and video driver are so damn difficult to come by. we'll also ignore the fact that if they support Vista is virtually identical driver wise to support Win7. Please bitch don't insult people's intelligence by making excuses for Apple. A Mac is a damn PC wrapped in snobbery, running EFI. That is all.

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