Apple to stop supporting Tiger Boot Camp on Dec. 31

Although its not exactly a surprise, Apple reiterated the expiration date for the Boot Camp beta, saying Tiger users will lose access on December 31.

The company had previously stated that the Boot Camp beta would "terminate automatically without notice from Apple upon the next commercial release of the Apple Software, or December 31, 2007, whichever occurs first," according to the EULA.

Instead of terminating Boot Camp with the release of Leopard, Apple has opted to give users a grace period to make the switch to Leopard. This does not necessarily mean Windows will stop working, however.

Tiger users will still gain access to the Windows partition, though they will not be able to manage it through the Assistant software. Additionally, no new updates or drivers will be provided for those users.

"With the introduction of Leopard, the Boot Camp Beta program has ended. The Boot Camp Beta software will expire on December 31, and Apple won't offer further updates of Boot Camp Beta for Mac OS X Tiger," read an e-mail sent to users of the Boot Camp beta by Apple Wednesday.

Boot Camp's beta process was important for Apple, and some may argue that Windows ran surprisingly well -- if not almost flawlessly -- on Macs by the end of the 18-month trial. During the process Apple was able to support most of its hardware features natively on Microsoft's operating system.

The application is now built into Mac OS X Leopard, Apple's newest version of its OS.

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