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Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 02:00 pm PT (05:00 pm ET)

Apple adds Vista support with new Boot Camp release

Apple Inc. has released a significant update to its Boot Camp dual-booting software that adds support for rival Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows Vista operating system in addition to a half dozen other improvements.

The beta software, which will be included in Apple's upcoming Leopard operating system release, lets users of Intel-based Macs install and run Windows in addition to the Mac OS.

The 138MB Boot Camp 1.2 beta issued on Wednesday is recommended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

Atop the list of enhancements delivered in the new version is 32-bit support for Windows Vista, support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player), and a version of Apple Software Update designed specifically for Windows XP and Vista.

The Cupertino-based Apple has also expanded international keyboard support, improved the Windows driver installation experience, and updated the software drivers for trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, and iSight.

Boot Camp 1.2 beta, which is available for download now, also adds a Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions.