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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 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
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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.


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