Developers have managed to get a beta version of Windows Vista working on an Intel-based Mac.

According to the OSX86 project, developer AirmanPika has managed to get Microsoft's OS working on his Intel iMac. The process is described as "a challenge", even with Boot Camp.

Boot Camp is Apple's beta software that lets Mac users install a Windows XP partition on their Intel-based Mac.

It's not perfect yet - the developer had to delete the OS X partition, "but it's a start" says the report.

However, running Windows Vista on a Mac remains a tantalising possibility for some. While Apple has offered no guidance on this as yet, as Vista isn't available, Microsoft's OS will use the same booting technology as XP.

"Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned Bios. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries," Apple's Boot Camp site reports.

This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk