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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 omnicronx on 6/9/2009 2:19:30 PM , Rating: 2
3.0, 3.1 and 3.11 are really not different OS's, 3.11 just added workgroup or networking components and a few bug fixes (thus its name Windows for Workgroups).

In fact Ms only lists 5 changes between 3.1 and 3.11

- Certificate of Authenticity

- More sophisticated hologram and an MS (3M) sticker on box

- An 800 number to call (in the United States & Canada) and check for product legitimacy

- Updated drivers

- Five updated core files

- NetWare support files (from Novell)

98 and 98SE are also the same OS, it was a mere revision, with support for faster CPU's and various bug fixes. It was basically a service pack.

So once again, MS has had 9 major Windows releases if you do not count 1.0 and 2.0 which were never really consumer releases. Everything else was essentially a service pack.


RE: Cost
By Jimbo1234 on 6/9/2009 2:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
98 and 98SE are also the same OS, it was a mere revision, with support for faster CPU's and various bug fixes. It was basically a service pack.


However there was no service pack to make you 98 installation a 98 SE installation. You had to go out and buy another copy.


RE: Cost
By Totemic on 6/9/2009 10:20:16 PM , Rating: 2
"3.0, 3.1 and 3.11 are really not different OS's, 3.11 just added workgroup or networking components and a few bug fixes (thus its name Windows for Workgroups)."

No.
Windows for Workgroup 3.11 and Windows 3.11 were two different SKUs. They were not the same thing.

Windows 3.11 was actually an update to Windows 3.1. You couldn't buy a copy of Windows 3.11. You bought 3.1 and updated it to 3.11 (imagine service pack).

You could however buy Windows for Workgroup 3.11. The big thing with WfW 3.11 was the inclusion of 32-bit file system access and also the inclusion of a TCP/IP stack--unfortunately it was a stack that couldn't bind to a SLIP or PPP connection (which is why people still used Trumpet Winsock...whoa, there's a flash back), which is what everyone used for dial up internet access.


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