Apple Boot Camp Updates Windows XP, Vista

Apple Inc has released Boot Camp version 2.1.1 which fixes bugs and improves compatibility and is primarily released to support the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 3.

The company said the update was released in three variants to support Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit.

Apple Boot Camp allows Intel-chipped Macs to run Microsoft Windows. The software is integrated into the Leopard operating system, the latest Mac OS, and is available as a free download.

Apple, it’s a highly recommended update, especially if Boot Camp users are planning to download Windows XP Service Pack 3 that’s likely to be made available for download next week.

News of Boot Camp’s update follows the recent announcement that Parallels Desktop for Mac has sold its millionth copy. Parallels 3.0 also enables Apple owners to run Windows on a Mac with the advantage of swift switching between the two.

Meanwhile, VMware has released an update to its Mac-based Fusion virtulization application, with full support for Windows XP SP3 Boot Camp partitions. The Fusion 1.1.2 update also includes a number of bug fixes as well as improved support for the MacBook Air, solving a few significant issues Fusion had with the Air’s virtual disc and its Superdrive.