Is this a step towards virtualization (i.e. being able to switch between environmens like VirtualPC allows for now)? As it stands, the need to dual-boot and the file system incompatibilities make it pretty difficult to pass data from one system to the other. Will developers who currently develop for both platforms tell their customers to just get the windows versions and dual boot? (Remember a licensed retail copy of XP goes for $2-300) Even more extreme: is this Apple's start towards a graceful exit from developing the Mac OS? I find that unlikely considering the efforts and time spent developing it. Conversely, could the appeal of the hardware really attract a lot of new customers who feel safe having Windows for a backup, but would eventually be further seduced by the OS and take marketshare away from MS? I don't know how I feel about this... I was dead wrong about the iPod. This move could be another brilliant one, or a fatal blow. I guess I just have to assume that Steve Jobs et al. know what they're doing; the stock price shot up nearly 10% today, and their market cap increased by about $5B.
Yes, in fact, we DO do Windows. Apple today released a package to allow users to install and dual-boot Windows XP SP 2 on the new Intel-based Macs, that will be a full part of OS X.5 when it is released. This is not meant to incite a platform war, I firmly believe that whatever works best for you is the best platform for you. But this move by Apple raises a lot of questions: