Apple broke bad news to Boot Camp users on the Tiger OS yesterday, warning that the Boot Camp Beta software will expire on 31 December.

“With the introduction of Leopard, the Boot Camp Beta program has ended. The Boot Camp Beta software will expire on December 31, and Apple won’t offer further updates of Boot Camp Beta for Mac OS X Tiger,” Apple said in a note sent to users.

Apple has been offering Boot Camp as beta software for Mac OS X 10.4 since April 2006, but now intends discontinuing such support, pushing users to migrate to the new Leopard OS, which offers Boot Camp built-in.

Existing Boot Camp users will still be able to use their existing Windows partitions, but the software required to install Boot Camp will no longer function. In addition, Apple will no longer offer updates or support.

"We hope you've enjoyed the opportunity to preview an exciting new feature of Mac OS X Leopard," Apple states in its warning note.