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Apple kills Boot Camp beta

Windows-on-Mac tool offline as Leopard awaits

Apple has killed Boot Camp downloads in preparation for Friday's launch of Leopard.

Earlier this month, Apple reminded users that the licence to Boot Camp would expire when Leopard shipped. The application's beta has been available free of charge for Mac owners running Mac OS X 10.4, commonly known as Tiger.

While licences will expire when Leopard launches, Apple has confirmed that Windows partitions created with Boot Camp will continue to work. However, the Boot Camp Assistant, software that sets up and manages Windows partitions, will not. Apple has also said that it will stop delivering driver updates to beta users.

Most analysts believe that Apple will not sell a separate Tiger-only version of Boot Camp, but will instead use the dual-boot software to entice users to upgrade. Leopard, which is priced at £85 for a single-user licence and £129 for a five-licence family pack, goes on sale Friday.

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