April 10, 2006
News Analysis: Now that Macs can run Windows, will developers lose their incentive to write code for Mac OS?
Written by Stephen Bryant
Now that Macs can run Windows, will developers lose their incentive to write code for Mac OS?
That’s one big question facing the industry today after Apple announced the beta release of Boot Camp, new software that will allow users of Intel-based Macs to run the Windows operating system.
The software is available for download, and the company says it is a planned feature for the next release of its operating system, OS 10.5, known as “Leopard.”
While few analysts expect consumers or business users to immediately forsake the Mac OS for a Mactel running Windows XP, the possibility that users will eventually migrate to one operating system may push developers to drop OS code support.
Adobe, one of the mainstays of the Mac development community and the world’s fifth largest software vendor, dismissed any concerns that its developers would stop coding for the Mac OS.
“Frankly, it doesn’t really affect our plans at all,” said Kevin Connor, senior director of product imaging.
Connor said that, from a stopgap perspective, Boot Camp will help people who work in a cross-platform environment.
Adobe has already devoted significant resources to rebuilding its products in UB (Universal Binary) to support both platforms.
As part of that effort, the company publicly committed, and is in the process of, transitioning its development efforts from Metrowerks CodeWarrior to Apple’s Xcode.
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