Apple has said that it will offer Windows 7 support for users who want to dual install the new Microsoft operating system on a Mac by the end of the year.

"Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp", the company posted on its support pages.

However, while most Mac users will consider the move the equivalent of sleeping with the devil, some users won't be able to install Windows 7 even if they wanted to.

"The following models will not be supported for use with Windows 7 using Boot Camp".

  • iMac (17-inch, Early 2006)
  • iMac (17-inch, Late 2006)      
  • iMac (20-inch, Early 2006)       
  • iMac (20-inch, Late 2006)       
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2006)  
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2006) 
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2006) 
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2006)   
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2006, Intel Xeon Dual-core 2.66GHz or 3GHz) 

Users of course will need to own an "authentic copy of Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade"

Users wishing to run the new Microsoft OS under a virtual system like Parallels Desktop 4 or the new VMWare Fusion 3 will be able to do so without waiting for the new drivers from Apple.