It's been a long time coming but Apple has finally updated its Boot Camp utility to allow owners of Intel-based Macs to run Windows 7 on their machines. Although this was already possible with some easy workarounds, and somewhat spotty driver compatibility, the newly-released version 3.1 adds native support for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft's latest operating system in its Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions.

The software requires an authentic copy of Windows 7 or Windows 7 upgrade, of course, and is only supported on more recent Intel-based Macs – those produced from 2007 onwards. Users looking to upgrade from Vista will first want to download and install the Boot Camp Utility for Windows 7, which "safely unmounts the read-only Macintosh volume on Microsoft Vista."

The update also addresses issues with the Apple trackpad, turns off the red digital audio port LED on laptop computers when it is not being used, and supports the Apple wireless keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse. It should be noted that some posters on Apple's Boot Camp discussion forum are reporting problems with the new version – so you might want to wait out and see how widespread the issues really are before proceeding.