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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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RE: Cost
By Syran on 6/9/2009 12:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
There have been a total of 7 of 7 OS's (consumer) for Microsoft in 19 years now if you include Windows 7 (I did wonder where that came from). 8 if you want to include 3.2.

Windows 3: 1990
Windows 95: 1995
Windows 98: 1998
Windows ME: 2000
Windows XP: 2001
Windows Vista: 2006
Windows 7: 2009

I guess by 3.2 you mean 3.11? Which was actually more of a NT 3.5 precursor. 3.1 Would technically have been the last of the 3.x consumer OS imho, and it was a big change from 3.0 iirc.

You also forgot the OSR 2.0, 2.1, and 2.5 releases of Windows 95, which were never released in retail, but did include many upgrades that you simply didn't get in any form of other upgrade to 95; the biggest being USB support.

Finally, 98 also had 98SE, which you did have to pay to upgrade to, however, iirc, it was a nominal fee of $20-30 at the time.

The biggest issue with all the naming was that Windows 2000 was originally supposed to have a home version, that was not considered ready for the consumer, and hence, ME was put out at the last minute. It's the primary reason for the big change of names, which they went through again for XP.

RE: Cost
By BikeDude on 6/9/2009 5:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
I guess by 3.2 you mean 3.11? Which was actually more of a NT 3.5 precursor

It was no such thing.

3.11 added some 32-bit drivers (e.g. the filesystem drivers were similar to those that were later appearing in Win95) and shared much common technology with Win95.

But NT 3.1 was written from the ground up, and shares nothing with 16-bit Win 3.x. Except the API is similar, and there are separate VDMs to run 16-bit apps. (unlike Win95 which had only one VDM which some of the OS' own code was running inside too - notably both GDI and USER)

RE: Cost
By croc on 6/9/2009 8:23:07 PM , Rating: 2
You do mean NT 3.0, right???

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