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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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Both Windows 7 and OS 10.6 are point releases
By UNCjigga on 6/9/2009 1:08:33 PM , Rating: -1
But the difference is that Apple's product is priced as a point release, while we have every indication that Windows 7 upgrades will be between $50 (Home Premium) to $100+ (Professional/Ultimate). Microsoft Marketing is adamant on claiming that Windows 7 is a full-fledged separate release, whereas one could argue that OS 10.6 has more new functionality just for the 64-bit codebase and speed improvements.

As for the broader picture, Apple has done a much better job than Microsoft in pushing new UI/UX paradigms, new features and new functionality with their OS releases. Yes, we can all agree that Apple's OS X core is getting old and OS 11 (XI?) needs to get here soon for Apple to claim the leading innovator spot once again. But comparing OS X progress to Windows progress since XP debuted in 2001 against 10.1 (yes, Apple already shipped a free point release upgrade prior to XP launch) shows Apple has provided consistently better OS releases and more functionality for 6 years, while XP just kept aging. Keep in mind that Apple was also held back by the PowerPC architecture until mid 2006. Windows Vista launched in 2007, and brought with it issues beyond just bad drivers--UAC intrusions, horrible copy performance on USB/network drives, and slower performance to name just a few. Those issues were resolved with SP1, but to date many PC users still don't want Vista and the big OEMs are still selling XP downgrades with new systems.

As PC users (I have never owned a Mac and probably never will) we need to be honest with ourselves that we've been waiting 8 years for a real upgrade to XP, and we're finally getting it with Windows 7.

By maven81 on 6/9/2009 2:05:08 PM , Rating: 4
So let me get this straight... When apple does a point release (let's take 10.2.8 to 10.3.2 to 10.4 for example) it's ok for them to charge $129 for it and claim that it's a brand new OS, but if microsoft does this we should be upset?

By eddieroolz on 6/9/2009 3:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Buddy, simply put,

Windows gives you a lot of new usable features and millions of fixes and a new GUI with every iteration.
Mac gives you 300 new features and over 200 aren't even real features, just under the hood improvements that you can't see, hear or use.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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