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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 tastyratz on 10/23/2009 8:05:27 AM , Rating: 4
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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.


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