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Some were not impressed by Apple's WWDC presentation, cute hypocrisy

Leave it to the pesky bloggers to rain on Apple's parade.  Yesterday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, it introduced a new iPhone, new Macs and several new software releases, including the Snow Leopard OS, set to beat Windows 7 to the market with a September release.  Apple was eager to fill users in with lots of facts about the new OS and how it outdid its competitors past (Windows Vista) and present (Windows 7).

How accurate were these facts really, though?  That's what several websites examined in the post WWDC keynote wind-down.  Leading the way was blog site NeoWin, which called Apple's hypocrisy "blinding".  The site points out that Apple's attempt to brand Windows 7 as Vista 2.0 seem glaringly inaccurate. 

True, Windows 7 shares much of Windows Vista's base code, but so have the last several iterations of OS X.  If Microsoft tried for a bigger revision, like it did with Vista or Apple did with OS X 10.0, it would risk delivering a shaky, maligned product -- like OS X 10.0 or Vista (at the start of its lifespan).  Instead, Microsoft wisely chose not to reinvent the wheel, but to improve on it and make it a bit shinier.

NeoWin also argues that Apple is doing its disservice dropping support for the PowerPC family, the source of Snow Leopard's install size savings.  While this may be practical for a company with such a high rate of hardware turnover and less than 10 percent of the market, it's something that Microsoft cannot and should not do, with over 90 percent of the market.  Surmises NeoWin cheekily, "So, to recap, Microsoft has increased support for lower end or older hardware with Windows 7, and Apple has dropped it all together with 'Snow Leopard'."

Paul Thurrott, a leading Windows blogger, also took issue with the remarks.  He pointed out that Apple's claim of 75 million OS X installs, only is true if you include 40 million iPhone and iPod Touches.  With Windows use at well over a billion installs, this places Apple at around 3.5 percent (or less) worldwide market share.

He also chimes in on the Windows 7 comments, stating:

Windows 7: "Even more complexity is present in Windows 7. The same old tech as Vista. Just another version of Vista."

Snow Leopard: "We come from such a different place. We love Leopard, we're so proud of it, we decided to build upon Leopard. We want to build a better Leopard, hence Snow Leopard."

Um. They sound the same to me. Jerk.

For the record, Snow Leopard looks just fine to me. It should, after three years of development on a point release.

While also impressed about MacBook pricing, Mr. Thurrott did lavish a bit of praise on Apple amid the admonishment.  He said that Apple's decision to price Snow Leopard at $29 was "exactly right".  He also comments that QuickTime X "actually... looks good."


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tiger against the ropes
By Maxfli81 on 6/9/2009 11:35:10 AM , Rating: 2
I use both OSs but I just wanted to say that i'll stake my bets that Windows comes out better in this round of the OS wars. Something tells me that a company that is scared of losing its bread and butter business will come out fighting and innovating not to lose any more business (look at Palm). Apple can say what they want about Windows 7, but I think all those apple ads have really made Microsoft mad and they're doing something about it.

RE: tiger against the ropes
By smackababy on 6/9/2009 11:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
Thankfully, what they are doing about it doesn't involve a crap ton of smear campaign. They are writing better code and listening to their user base. My only real problem with Apple is the way the company and the users conduct themselves.

RE: tiger against the ropes
By inighthawki on 6/9/2009 1:22:02 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, even today i have yet to really hear Microsoft come out and say anything bad about apple. Microsoft even goes as far as to write software (Office, for example) for macs even after apple continuously lings mud in their direction. After several years of blasting vista, Microsoft is getting mad, but rather than resorting to the mud slinging techniques of apple, they are keeping professional. Rebuilding their OS based on user needs is the best way to win back the consumer's support in my opinion.

RE: tiger against the ropes
By Spivonious on 6/9/2009 11:45:37 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking of ads, I saw a Bing ad last night. It was really clever and really explained why Bing is different.

By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 6/9/2009 11:55:13 AM , Rating: 1
Except, as much as I like MS, I can't see how the results are any different from any other search engine. Its just a re-branded Windows Live Search anyway.

RE: tiger against the ropes
By Griswold on 6/9/2009 12:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think I have to agree. Bing seems to be the first child of this new MS. Instead of buying some other company (hello yahoo) they finally put some of the talent they have in redmond to good use.

The best of W7 to me is all the little good ideas that make it a good workflow experience. Even though, all of that could have been in SP2 for vista. But MS had to make this cut for obvious reasons. And considering that apple is starting to copy features from 7 now (jumplists), it seems that they're on the right track - plus, this load of horseshit at the WWDC is evidence that apple thinks they need to rush with their smear campaigns before nobody finds their ads funny anymore...

RE: tiger against the ropes
By walk2k on 6/9/2009 2:19:54 PM , Rating: 2
My problem with Apple's marketing is they are stuck in 1984.

They still think PCs are "boring" DOS boxes with green-screens running Wordperfect and Lotus 1-2-3 while Macs have full color spiffy GUIs and Wizzy-wig OMG so cool!!

Yeah, except PCs have had all those things too since about 1995.

Oh, and about 95% larger user base...

RE: tiger against the ropes
By omnicronx on 6/9/2009 2:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the fact they are also PC's, oh well, another battle, another day ;)

RE: tiger against the ropes
By Helbore on 6/10/2009 2:30:49 PM , Rating: 2
I think Apple's biggest mistake was pissing off Steve Ballmer. Sure, Jobs could push nerdy Bill Gates around, but I think he's set himself up for a hefty wedgie now.

Ballmer's nuts, but he ain't no nerd.

RE: tiger against the ropes
By ChristopherO on 6/10/2009 11:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
Ballmer's nuts

I see your point, but can we please agree never, ever, to use those two words in proximity to each other?

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