Mac and Windows, Tech's New Odd Couple

Just-released software allows some Apple users to install Microsoft Windows on their computers. But experts aren't sure what the reverberations will be

Judging from the 29% drop in Apple Computer's (AAPL) stock price from Jan. 1 through early April, it was beginning to look like the computer maker's era of infallibility with investors had ended. Then came Apr. 5, when Apple let loose with a software called Boot Camp, which lets owners of Intel-based (INTC) Mac computers install Microsoft's Windows (MSFT) as well as the MacOS operating system, which comes pre-loaded on the machines. Apple's share price jumped a few percentage points when the news was first announced -- and then kept right on rising. The stock finished the day at $67.21, up 9.9%.

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