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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 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.


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