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This is the second part of our series of posts about the benefits of using Apple Boot Camp.
To refresh your memory, check out the first two benefits of Apple Boot Camp.
Boot Camp fact #3: No Mac distractions
A benefit and a "cost"
When you use Windows in Boot Camp, you will be shutting down the Mac OS and rebooting your Mac into Windows. Thus, you won't be bothered by IMs, meeting notifications, email alerts, etc. Your Mac OS environment isn't running, so none of these interruptions can even happen.
This can be a blessing or a curse.
If you are settling into Windows for a nice, long game session with a Windows-only game, this can be a blessing. But if you need to watch for a note from your boss, or a reminder of an important tele-conference, this can be be a significant curse. (And, I'm not even talking about the rebooting time — that is fact #5 below.)
Headline: Boot Camp fact #4: (IT admins only) Deployment
Primarily a "cost"
Suppose you are an IT admin in your company. Setting up Boot Camp for one Mac might take you two hours or so.
But if you need to do this for 20 or 30 Macs, it will take you a boatload of time, since there are no tools to setup Boot Camp and install Windows in Boot Camp for a whole group of Macs. You will need to actually touch each Mac, individually download the specific set of Windows drivers needed for that one Mac, partition the drive — hoping that Boot Camp Assistant will be able to find the needed contiguous space (see fact #2 above) — and then install Windows.
Of course, after everything is set up for both the Mac side and the Windows side of these Macs, you will be able to use IT administration tools, but you manually set everything up first.
Boot Camp fact #5: Rebooting takes time— a lot of time
Primarily a "cost"
As mentioned in fact #3 in this series’ first blog post, to use Windows in Boot Camp, you have to shut down the Mac OS and then re-boot into Windows. This takes a while.
Now, if you only need to do this once a week so that you can play a particular Windows only-game for an hour or two on the weekend, this re-booting is not such a big deal. But, if you need to do it several time a day at work, this can become a real productivity killer. So much so, that you will probably ask yourself
"Do I really need to do this particular task right now? Is it worth the re-boot time?"
Boot Camp fact #6: Performance
For almost all users, primarily a myth
But you need all of the Mac's hardware capabilities to run at full speed, so you have to use Boot Camp, right?
No, not right.
With only a very few exceptions, you will have all the processing power and speed you need by using a virtualization solution like Parallels Desktop. The days when a virtualization solution ran slowly are gone.