I’ve got a real bad feeling about this…
A couple of weeks ago the Mac community was all abuzz over news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had unloaded almost half of his stock in the company. While the consensus eventually came to be that he did it only for tax purposes, this morning the other shoe dropped—a public beta of Boot Camp, an official software product from Apple that will let owners of Intel-powered Macs dual-boot into either OS X or (gasp) Windows!
In the short term this is great news; Apple’s stock price will surely surge, and Macs will likely make that big dent into the enterprise market that everyone’s been talking about for so long.
But further down the road I see dark clouds gathering. With Adobe and Microsoft still holding out on Intel-compatible versions of their critical Macintosh software, they now have every reason to shrug off development and say: “What’s the point? Macs are gonna run Windows anyway…”
In time, I see the library of Macintosh software steadily shrinking while the Windows partitions on our Macs get bigger and bigger. Eventually, maybe five years from now or whenever Jobs finally retires to run Disney full-time, the Linux-based, crash and virus-proof operating system that we’ve grown to know and love will be reduced to a single Windows app—something like iLife with Apple Mail and maybe Safari thrown in for good measure.
Mark my words: This is the beginning of the end for the Mac OS…