Apple Gives A Surprising Push To Windows 8 On New Mac Pro

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Windows 8 has been a gigantic flop for Microsoft, but Apple, at least, is giving the new operating system a surprising push. The Mac maker has dropped support for Windows 7 running under Boot Camp on the new Mac Pro, making the installation of Windows 8 the only option for those who want to dual boot Windows on the most powerful Mac yet.

It’s unknown why Apple did this. It could signal that Apple intends on dropping Boot Camp support for Windows 7 on all future Macs — two versions of the enemy’s operating system may well be more than Apple was willing to support.

Another possibility is that some of the Mac Pro’s technologically advanced new hardware doesn’t have drivers available for it under Windows 7. I’d say this is fairly likely, actually, but it could also be a bit of both.

Given the above, it appears that the only option available to Mac Pro owners who want to run Windows 7 on their machines is to run it in a virtual box, such as Parallels.

One thing’s for sure. Given what a disaster Windows 8 has been for Microsoft, it can use all the help it can get.

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