Apple's switch to Intel processors seems set to boost Mac development, a survey claims.

Piper Jaffray analysts Gene Munster and Michael J Olson spoke to 16 software developers at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week.

Fourteen of those they spoke with predicted that being able to run Windows on Macs would be positive for Mac application development, Forbes reports.

Developers noted the ease with which they had managed to port PowerPC applications to Intel processors.

Munster observed: "As Boot Camp moves from beta to an official version in Leopard and the Windows installation becomes more user-friendly, increasing numbers of Windows users will switch to a Mac."

A Mac migration will be good for Apple developers, raising marketshare and potential sales. Windows developers will also seize the chance to follow their customers to the Mac platform.

As competition between Apple and Microsoft ramps up, the analysts also expect Apple will work to deliver its next 'Leopard' OS before or close to the launch of Windows Vista.