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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: Stop being so negative.
By AlexWade on 10/23/2009 8:25:40 AM , Rating: 2
W7 is a winner in a big way, Apple knows this. The cute girl with her kittens is hard to counter. Apple had the cool factor, but Microsoft one-upped them with that warm-inside feeling. "Ah, she's so cute". It won't appeal to computer experts, but it does appeal to anyone who is not a computer expert. The exact same market Apple is trying for with the "it just works" mantra.

Apple will always have the rich cool people, but they are in danger of losing any mainstream users they collected. Unless Apple moves fast, people will stop thinking of Apple and start thinking PC again because W7 has tremendous positive buzz.

RE: Stop being so negative.
By Targon on 10/23/2009 12:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
Apple will always have the "cool" douche-bag trying to say how cool Apple is and how lame Windows is. And only those who don't pay attention will see that Windows has come a LONG LONG way from the days of even Windows 98, while MacOS hasn't changed in any appreciable way since MacOS first came out.

So, what has changed about MacOS since 2002? Not much. What has changed about Windows since then? A lot, and most of it for the better. If Apple doesn't come up with a significant update to the UI, then Apple will end up stagnating while the Windows market evolves and becomes easier and easier to use.

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