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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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RE: Irony
By reader1 on 10/23/2009 7:50:32 AM , Rating: -1
All computers are far too complex for normal people. Computers are designed by geeks and make sense to them. Normal people, however, find them very confusing.

For example, here's a video that asks people if they know what a web browser is:

Monopolies create poor products and the Windows monopoly has kept computers confusing and frustrating.

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.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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