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Apple mocks the history of Windows in its latest ads, comparing Windows 7 to such flops as Windows ME.  (Source: Apple)

However, Apple can't seem to resist Microsoft's quality software -- it announced today that it will be offering Boot Camp support for Windows 7 by the end of the year.  (Source: Gizmodo)
As much as Apple pretends not to love Microsoft, it can't seem to stop supporting it

Apple delivered its launch day anti-Windows 7 ads as promised.  The new ads poke fun at Microsoft's history, comparing Windows 7 to past unpopular Windows OS's that were initially lauded.  The new ad flashes back to a younger Vista era PC saying that Vista would have the problems of past Windows... and a Windows ME PC...  and a Windows 2.0 PC.  The new commercials were one of the few downers for Microsoft on a day that was filled with excitement.  

But try as hard as it wants, Apple just can't seem to bring itself to truly rain on Windows 7's launch party.  Truth be told, though Apple will never admit it, its very good friends with Microsoft.  After all, Microsoft offers one of the most popular pieces of software for Macs -- Microsoft Office for Mac.

And for the last three years two of the most popular operating systems on a Mac besides OS X were Windows XP and Windows Vista.  Apple may pretend that Windows is buggy and worthy of scorn, but when it comes down to it, the allure of the productive, functional OS is too much to resist and too much to deny its customers.

Apple even showed Microsoft a bit of love on Windows 7 launch day.  Responding to a deluge of comments from Apple MacBook owners pleading for official Windows 7 Boot Camp support, Apple revealed that it will be adding support for the new OS before the end of the year.

Granted, it won't be adding support for all Macs.  Certain older iMacs and MacBooks Pro from 2006 won't be allowed to use Windows 7.  Its unclear why, considering these computers have Intel processors and in theory could have specs more than capable of running the new OS.

Mac owners looking to get their Windows 7 groove on can probably it already, following the directions posted here.  

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By ice456789 on 10/23/2009 12:16:02 AM , Rating: 2
Granted, it won't be adding support for all Macs. Certain older iMacs and MacBooks Pro from 2006 won't be allowed to use Windows 7. Its unclear why, considering these computers have Intel processors and in theory could have specs more than capable of running the new OS.
So ironically, the best reason to update your old Mac hardware may be Microsoft's new OS...

RE: Irony
By 67STANG on 10/23/2009 1:08:03 AM , Rating: 5
Funny how Apple picks on Microsoft's past when the real competition is from the present. Deflection anyone?

RE: Irony
By spartan014 on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Irony
By reader1 on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Irony
By lagitup on 10/23/2009 9:39:26 AM , Rating: 3
Windows 7 is a minor upgrade but the number "7" falsely indicates a major upgrade. Internally, the Windows version numbers are: XP (5.2), Vista (6.0), W7 (6.1). The "7" in Windows 7 is no more meaningful than "XP" or "Vista"; it's the marketing name.

No, the number 7 does not in fact suggest a major upgrade becuase nobody who would've gotten "tricked" by these "lies" would know that Vista was 6. The reason Microsoft opted for version 6.1 was that many software installers check the version of windows while installing, and since very few of the changes damage app compatibility versioning it 6.1 as opposed to 7.0 was a very intelligent choice; it improves the overall user experience.

If Windows 7 was...named Windows 6.1, it wouldn't be getting nearly as much hype.

Maybe that's why marketing decided to go with 7. I'm sure OSX wouldn't be nearly as cool if they named it OS by Steve Jobs for the exclusive use of himself, fanboys, and anyone else with excessive amounts of money on their hands.

The gimmicks in Windows 7 wouldn't be getting a free pass from reviewers either.

Gimmicks like start search of the control panel by task name rather than applet name? Or perhaps you meant the libraries feature. Maybe the fast boot-up, shut-down, sleep/wake times? Or was it the good gaming benchmark scores even with aero enabled? No, no I'm pretty sure all of those would be just as appealing if it was named something else.

Microsoft could be sued for false advertising.

You could be sued for trolling; neither would get very far.

RE: Irony
By thekdub on 10/23/2009 1:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
Snow Leopard doesn't actually have a real live snow leopard anywhere in the package, even though there is a picture of one on the front and the name suggests otherwise. I expect to open up the case and be attacked by a large feral cat, not a computer operating system.

So I'm going to sue Apple for false advertising. If the packaging contained a real snow leopard, the OS wouldn't have gotten the positive reviews that it received. Actually, it probably wouldn't have gotten any reviews, since the leopard would have mauled the person doing the review.

RE: Irony
By reader1 on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Irony
By Homerboy on 10/23/2009 7:50:01 AM , Rating: 4
Exactly which one of these problems does Mac OS not have?

RE: Irony
By JasonMick on 10/23/2009 7:59:55 AM , Rating: 5
Not to feed the troll but...

Microsoft hasn't changed. Monopolies don't change because they have no competition.

Sure Microsoft has near-monopoly market share in the OS market -- just like Apple does in the MP3 player market. In both cases, though, there are alternatives, they just don't appeal to the majority as much.

- Software and hardware compatibility problems

In most cases I'd settle for needing a bit more technical knowledge in exchange for getting a nonupgradable tightly packed computer, like most Macs are.

And Macs have plenty of compatibility problems. Ever try to get a bunch of different printers working with OS X? It's not always pretty, let me tell you.

- Poor security

Windows 7 actually has better security features (such as two forms of protection against memory injection). However, OS X does enjoy one great security feature -- obscurity.

With Microsoft now offering free security software, to hold Apple up for its security record when its not actually doing anything other than selling less units seems ridiculous.

- Piracy

First off, piracy didn't truly take off among the mass public until about 1999 when Napster popped up (that's 10 years ago). Secondly, all platforms have their fair share of piracy -- OS X included. Heck, half the people I know with OS X are running pirated Photoshop, iLife, 3DSM, etc.

- Poor control over adult content

This the responsibility of the browser, not computer, considering most explicit content is delivered over the internet. I don't see Safari as doing any better than Firefox or Chrome in this department.

Besides, nothing replaces good parenting.

- Poor software

Are you kidding me? The best office suite? Hands down MS Office. The best games? All on Windows -- Macs don't even support most games. The best photo editing software? All on Windows, as well as Mac (Adobe suite).

I'm not sure quite what software you're talking about -- there's lots of good software for Windows.

- Poor bug handling system

Have you used Win7? It has a great bug reporting system. A bug is a bug -- it will cause inconvenience. However, with the new system Microsoft fixed 2000+ problems before release.

If OS X has a similarly capable bug-tracking system perhaps it would have allowed Snow Leopard to ship with a vulnerable, outdated version of Flash.

- Frustrating to buy, learn, use and fix

Come on, now. Any computer is frustrating to buy learn and fix to the novice. That includes Macs, PCs, and Linux boxes.

But there's a reason we do have a brain in our heads (some of us at least)... and we can learn how to "buy", "use", and "fix" our machines without frustration. Personally I have a lot of fun both "buying", "learning", and "fixing" PCs.

RE: Irony
By Chocobollz on 10/25/2009 5:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
Heck, half the people I know with OS X are running pirated Photoshop, iLife, 3DSM, etc.

3DSM??!! You mean, 3D Sado-Masochism? Is that a hentai game? Biko 3? :p

RE: Irony
By sebmel on 10/26/2009 9:38:05 AM , Rating: 1
Well argued: I'm just not sure about the printer issue. I've had far more problems trying to get Windows to recognise peripherals than OS X. Apple's Bonjour technology does an admirable job of recognising anything plugged into a Mac.

I have to think back to 1997 to remember the last time I had an issue with one printer on a Mac and that was simple: no driver available... I found an open source one that worked. It was par for the course back them: Macs were 2% of the market. These days, with Macs being probably 25% of home computers it's very hard to find a printer without a Mac driver... and if you're buying there's plenty of choice.

RE: Irony
By chick0n on 10/24/09, Rating: 0
RE: Irony
By Omega215D on 10/23/2009 1:13:51 AM , Rating: 4
I just watched the new Apple ad against Windows 7 and the woman mentioned about familiar with frustration and the like with Windows so won't be staying with Windows and instead moving to Mac. Boy will she be in for a surprise when she puts down her moving boxes when she gets her new Mac.

As a MacBook owner I have experienced my own frustrations with OSX and the way it handles things... as I do have some issues with past Windows but so far so good with 7.

RE: Irony
By reader1 on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Irony
By tastyratz on 10/23/2009 8:05:27 AM , Rating: 4
All computers are far too complex for intimidated OLD stubborn people. Computers are designed by geeks and make sense to them. OLD STUBBORN people, however, find them very confusing.

Fixed your quote.

Computers now are easier to learn than ever before, if my 80+ year old grandmother who still plays casettes and vhs tapes can pick up windows xp enough to read emails within a week taking a short class at the senior center, then so can anyone else - especially of prime learning age.

Computers are only as complex as you want them to be (like driving a car or being a mechanic), but core basic functionality is far easier to learn for beginners than many many other standard common tasks. If "normal people" are competent enough to complete 8th grade, study for a driving test, or beat illiteracy - they are competent enough for basic computing skills. 80% of Americans are online.

Your argument held water 20 years ago, but certainly not now.

RE: Irony
By 3minence on 10/23/2009 8:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
If you make a computer that even an idiot could use, only idiots will want to use it. Remember Microsoft Bob? Computers are complex items capable of doing complex things.

Some computers are very simple, but are designed to do limited tasks. Modern cash registers are an example. A home PC is expected to do a myriad of tasks, and therefore is more complex to use.

Someday we will have computers with limited reasoning skills and audio input so we can just tell it what we want. But that is going to take a lot more processing power and complex operating systems than what we have today.

RE: Irony
By jonmcc33 on 10/23/2009 12:43:54 PM , Rating: 5
Reader1, 7 year old daughter can use Windows Vista without a problem. Are you telling me that she is smarter than you are?

Nobody will know what a "web browser" is if you ask them, regardless of which OS they use. People identify mostly with the "blue E" on their desktop or by telling them to "open the internet".

I take it you have never done computer support ever in your life?

Ask people who the Vice President is and I wager that they will not know his name. They will know Obama though. It's merely inherent human stupidity and has nothing to do with computers or monopolies. You are putting yourself in that very category of inherent human stupidity if you keep posting this FUD.

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